FINANCE: Birmingham’s PCT cluster has been “silent” on ways to save more than £150m, according to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust’s chief executive.

The comments were made in a board paper report at the end of November written by trust chief executive Sue Turner.

Birmingham health economy needs to save £303m from the NHS budget over the next three years, of which £150m is required in 2011/12, it says.

Acute trusts have been told to fill 44 per cent of the estimated financial gap.

The paper states: “As at the time of writing the PCT “cluster” remain[s] silent on proposals to deliver the remaining 56 per cent of the savings required.”

The trust was accidentally excluded from a health economy wide meeting to tackle this issue.

An urgent meeting with NHS Birmingham East and North has been held, at which it was agreed to “clarify the basis of the underpinning financial assumptions” concerning the proportion of savings to be found from mental health services.