FINANCE: NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are overspending on private providers.

The latest finance and performance report to go to the board states “many patients continue to exercise their choice to be treated at local private care providers, and this spend is well above our budget”.

Levels of outpatient and elective operations at NHS provider Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust are below plan at this point in the year, leading to an underspend to date on this contract overall.