HSJ’s round-up of the day’s must read stories
- Today’s must know: Revealed – NHS England intervenes at 10 trusts over DTOC rates
- Today’s talking point: ‘Incompetent’ regulator cancels troubled services takeover
- Today’s risk: CCG deficit forecast sinks by £180m in two months
- Today’s challenge: Trusts urged to ‘prove critics wrong’ with deficit reduction
End of year resolutions
With the end of this financial year fast approaching, NHS Improvement guidance leaked to HSJ has revealed the latest measures being used to get trusts to meet their control totals and get provider sector finances back on track.
The documents show:
- NHS trusts will not be penalised for missing waiting targets in the last three months of 2016-17. The Q4 allocations from the sustainability and transformation fund will be paid in full only if headline financial targets are met, and could total £800m.
- Technical accounting measures and “a material number of land sales” have helped trusts improve their forecast deficit this year.
- NHSI questions whether funding earmarked to help NHS trusts cope with winter pressures actually reached them.
- Twelve trusts will work with management consultants to improve their finances.
Meanwhile, in the commissioning sector, NHS England’s latest board papers show that CCGs’ combined deficit forecast for the year has worsened by £180m in two months.
At the end of December, NHS England had forecast a year-end deficit of £370m for CCGs – but as of February (with one reporting month to go in 2016-17) forecast stands at a £550m deficit.
The planned takeover of Liverpool’s troubled community services has been halted, NHS Improvement announced today.
Bridgewater Community Healthcare FT had been selected in November as the preferred provider to take over the £77m contract from Liverpool Community Health Trust.
However, NHSI has now said the transfer was not going ahead and it would “pursue an alternative option”. The regulator had paused the planned takeover last month following Bridgewater being rated requires improvement by the CQC.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper branded NHSI “incompetent” for halting the transfer, but not addressing the issue of funding for the services.