PERFORMANCE: Monitor has ended all enforcement actions against Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust after the provider was found to have improved.

The regulator concluded the Essex trust was no longer in breach of its licence because it had made progress in areas including its accident and emergency waiting times and paediatric department.

The Care Quality Commission has also given the trust an overall “good” rating.

In June, the trust became the first body to come out of special measures, having been placed in the regime last summer as one of 14 providers found to have persistently high mortality rates.

Adam Cayley, a regional director at Monitor, said: “We are pleased that patients are receiving better care at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals as a result of improvements the trust has made in A&E, paediatric services and mortality rates.

“Both the trust and Monitor have worked incredibly hard to ensure patients in Basildon can get the best quality of care possible.

“Monitor has decided that the trust is no longer in breach of its licence as a result of this hard work.

“The staff of this trust should be truly proud of the improvements they have made for the benefit of their patients.”    

Mr Cayley added that the organisation will continue working with the trust to ensure that improvements are maintained.

Basildon and Thurrock chief executive Clare Panniker said: “Monitor’s decision to remove all of their outstanding conditions from our licence is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by all staff across the trust.

“We know that we have been improving the quality of our services for some time but this decision should give patients further confidence that when they walk through our door they will receive the best care the NHS has to offer.”