Greater Manchester’s mental health trust has been placed into the ‘equivalent of special measures’, the Manchester Evening News can reveal. The crisis measures enforced by the NHS come after allegations that patients were abused at a mental health unit run by the beleaguered trust.
The Edenfield Centre is a mental health care facility in the grounds of the former Prestwich Hospital and was the subject of a BBC Panorama programme that claims patients were abused. Since the episode aired, 30 staff are facing disciplinary action and a dozen have already been sacked, the Manchester Evening News understands.
The chair of the trust, Rupert Nichols, resigned last week after 'inexcusable behaviour and examples of unacceptable care' were 'exposed' at a mental health unit, he said. Now, NHS England is placing the Recovery Support Programme, the 'equivalent to the former special measures', multiple senior NHS sources say.
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is now under the highest level of NHS England intervention, the M.E.N. can confirm. Every trust is part of the NHS' Oversight Framework, those placed into its highest level are identified as experiencing the most significant and complex challenges in achieving financial sustainability and/or high-quality care receive intensive mandatory support.
Source: 23 November 2022, Manchester Evening News