Published: 24/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5944 Page 6

A£30m government bail out for the beleaguered Mid Yorkshire Hospitals trust should not be seen as a reward for its poor performance, according to its chief executive.

Details of the payout were revealed last week when the Healthcare Commission released an action plan for the trust. In December the trust was the first to be put under special measures by the Department of Health after a commission investigation found evidence of high death rates, poor clinical outcomes and deteriorating staff relationships.

This was compounded by a massive deficit, predicted to stand at more than£50m by the end of this financial year.

The commission announced£30m would go from the DoH to the trust, as long as it provides a realistic financial recovery plan.

Trust chief executive John Parkes said the trust was in a 'unique' position. Last year it was zero-starred, put under special measures, and subject to a public interest report over its dire financial situation.

'Special measures are appropriate and are warranted.' He said: 'I do not see the£30m as a reward, ' but as a recognition of the scale of the financial problems facing the trust.

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