FINANCE: George Eliot Hospital Trust has recorded an “extreme” risk that it will be unable to agree its cost improvement plan for the current financial year.

The trust, which is seeking a partner organisation after admitting it will not be able to reach foundation trust status on its own, now has four red rated, or “extreme”, risks.

The others are: that reductions in its mortality rate will not be sustained; that services are financially unsustainable; and that it will be unable to secure planned “non recurrent” income.

Two risks were reported to have fallen in September – these were the risk that patients would be cared for in an estate “not of optimal standard”, and the risk of poor maintenance of trust plant equipment.