COMMERCIAL: East Kent Hospitals has indicated it plans to end the use of the private sector for trauma and orthopaedics work by the end of the current financial year.

The aim is set out in the FT’s forward plan strategy for the next three years, which was submitted to Monitor in April. 

The plan notes that the cost of using independent sector capacity for trauma and orthopaedics was £7m in 2010-11, but goes to say that a backlog of work has been managed last year “near to sustainable levels”.

It states: “Temporary staffing capacity is currently under review to ensure a sustainable service going forward and to manage the withdrawal from independent sector usage and ensure there is a planned enhanced level of efficiency to be delivered from existing activities.”

The plan adds that it intends for “withdrawal from independent sector usage by March 2012”.