STRUCTURE: Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has issued a statement saying it is “putting together plans to progress towards becoming a foundation trust following major improvements in service and financial performance”.

It said it was amongst 42 trusts nationally which are aiming to achieve foundation status after April 2014 but before 2016.

A statement said: “It was confirmed in July 2012 that, because of the long standing financial challenges facing the trust, it would not be possible to make a successful application… by 2014.

“Since then the trust has been working with local NHS commissioners to determine the future direction of the trust. This has included progressing plans to redesign services to make them clinically and financially sustainable and improving service quality and performance.

“There have been significant improvements… The trust also delivered a higher level of savings than planned for 2012-13.”

Interim chief executive Stephen Eames said: “This is recognition of the progress made through the hard work of all our staff. It is an important indication that we are moving in the right direction and in our ability to provide the best health care for local people.

“To become an FT we will need to demonstrate our ability to meet stringent standards in quality, services and finances but these standards are the fundamental basics that our patients expect and deserve.”

Previously, the trust had been widely seen as a potential candidate to be put in the special administration regime.

Major and politically controversial service changes are under consideration in the area.