FINANCE: Colchester Hospital University FT faces a £1m loss after an ophthalmology coding dispute with the primary care trust, according to board papers.

A report submitted to the FT’s October board meeting said the “risk” had arisen in August.

It said: “Current coding of Glaucoma OP Procedures is being disputed by the PCT. Although this is being contended by the Trust, there is a strong likelihood that this income will be lost and it has therefore been removed from the position.”

It said this loss would already be £460,000 for the year so far and would reach £1.1m for the year.