FINANCE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust was overspent on its contract with NHS Kent and Medway by £3.5m in January, largely driven by a failure to make savings in urgent care and an unplanned growth in activity.

“The position at January for EKHUFT is an over spend of £3.5m and this mainly relates to the non delivery of the planned level of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention savings in urgent care,” a finance report from the NHS Kent and Medway primary care trust cluster stated.

The report also warned there had been a “marked deterioration” in progress at reducing planned admissions, which was also having a negative effect on the FT’s overspend.  

It said: “There are a growing number of long wait patients, particularly in orthopaedics. The trust had made significant inroads into the backlog at the end of the previous financial year but additions to the backlog are now increasing.”

The report added: “Other areas of overspending include non elective admissions, non admitted outpatient procedures, A&E attendances, high cost drugs, direct access radiology and renal.

“The Contracting and Procurement team continues to support the PCT and is working closely with the trust to manage the unplanned growth in activity.”

A spokesman for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust said: “The reality is that the Kent and Medway PCT is behind on its QIPP savings.

“The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has achieved its planned financial targets all year and is on track to deliver a surplus at the year end.”

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