FINANCE: NHS Bath and North East Somerset is under using its contract with independent provider UK Specialist Hospitals by £243,000.

A report to the PCT said the independent treatment centre contract for 2011-12 has been set at £2.6m, 83.5 per cent of the originally agreed anticipated position.

It continued: “Under the terms of the ISTC contract B&NES must pay a Guaranteed Fixed Value (GFV) and any under utilisation against this equates to a cost
pressure. UKSH have recently confirmed that all activity previously undertaken under the wave 1 contract at Shepton Mallet Treatment centre will from 1st April 2011 be counted against the wave 2 contract and so reduced the underperformance of GFV being reported.”

The PCT is in negotiations to use the GVF within the PCT cluster with NHS Wiltshire. The report said: “If successful this should ensure that full usage of
GFV is achieved by NHS B&NES for the contractual year.”