FINANCE: Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust has achieved significantly improved risk rating from Monitor, a year after having being give the lowesrt rating for both finance and governance.

The foundation trust regulator has rated the trust three for governance and green for giovernance in its quarter three report.

Trusts are rated 1-5 for finance, where 1 represents the highest risk and 5 the lowest. The ratings for governance are red, amber-red, amber-green and green.

Trust chief executive Jean O’Callaghan said: “These latest ratings show just how far we have come in the last year.

“We are delighted that the green rating for governance recognises that despite the financial pressures the Trust has been under we have improved the quality of patient services. Full credit for this goes to our staff who have worked extremely hard to ensure that we can make savings without impacting on standards of patient care.

“Despite this success, we recognise that there is no room for complacency and the year ahead will be no less challenging.”