PERFORMANCE: Monitor has confirmed that Poole Hospital Foundation Trust is no longer in significant breach of its authorisation.

The trust was found in significant breach in July 2010 due to a failure to comply with its general duty to exercise functions effectively, efficiently and economically, and its governance duty.

Since being found in significant breach the trust, which is planning to merge with Royal Bournemouth and Poole Foundation Trust, has been under close scrutiny from Monitor and required to report formally on their progress.

During this time the trust has substantially improved its financial position and is forecasting a surplus for 2011-12. New executive and non-executive directors, including chief executive and chairman, have been appointed.

Trust chief executive Chris Bown said: “I am extremely pleased that the enormous contribution that our staff have made in bringing the Trust back into financial health has been recognised.

“The position we find ourselves in today means we can move forward and meet the real challenges we, and the wider NHS, faces in a far stronger position.

“It is to the enormous credit of all staff that in meeting these challenges, the care our patients receive - and that Poole Hospital rightly enjoys an enviable reputation for - remained a key priority.”