PERFORMANCE: The sector acute commissioning unit has found patients with more than 50 excess bed days at trust

The inner north-east London acute commissioning unit reported finding spells with more than seven weeks’ worth of excess bed days, costing one of the primary care trusts, NHS City and Hackney an estimated £730,000.

The Commissioning Contract Performance Report to the PCT said Barts and The London’s overall over-performance against its contract had increased by £1m to £1.1m since the board last met in January.

The document said the PCT would benefit from further data validation work being carried out by the acute commissioning unit across all the major providers in the health economy.

The same report found University College London Hospitals over-performing by £2.6m at month nine, December, which was 26 per cent higher than contract.

Tariff activity made up £1.6m of this and cardiac and maternity care were “major contributors” with shifts in activity “due to consultant onward referral behaviour from the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust and BLT to UCLH and the opening of a new mother and baby unit at UCLH.”