The paper "Indications of Poor Governance at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust" is an impressive example of a Business case study. The most important elements of good governance include accountability, transparency/openness, and recognizing stakeholders/shareholders right. Other aspects of good governance are efficiency, integrity, stewardship, leadership, an emphasis on performance. All these aspects of good governance are missing at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. For instance, there is no transparency/openness, accountability, and also the stakeholders are not recognized. There is a lack of accountability and transparency/openness by the leadership and board of directors and this demonstrates poor governance.
This is depicted by the board not performing regular reviews which might have assisted in identifying the root cause of the organization's problems. The board and the leadership seem not to be bothered and responsive to the problems the organization is experiencing and this indicates a lack of accountability because they are not accountable at all. Good governance includes transparency, openness, integrity, and accountability among the organizational management and the board as well. For instance, neither the management nor the board provided any information to the HCC during investigations.
This indicates a lack of transparency, openness, and lack of accountability as well. There is a lack of integrity where the management was not honest in addressing issues that the organization faced and they do not adhere to the required professional and set standards. The board and the leadership do not recognize the stakeholders and also there is no stakeholder participation or inclusiveness. This is depicted by the fact that at Mid Staffordshire, stakeholders were not engaged or involved in decision-making. Failure to involve and engage all important stakeholders such as healthcare providers, patients, and the public at large by the management indicates poor governance.