FINANCE: The chief executive of Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust has expressed her disappointment that the trust missed out on a share of the government’s accident and emergency bailout fund.

In her report to September’s board, Nerissa Vaughan said the trust had expected to receive up to £4.2m, a similar amount to that made available to neighbouring Royal United Hospital Bath Trust.

The money would have been spent on additional support including increased community services, extra diagnostic and therapy services at weekends and additional beds.

Ms Vaughan said: “The trust was disappointed to learn that whilst neighbouring trusts have been awarded additional funding… Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will not be awarded any additional funding.”

The report said last winter had been incredibly difficult with an increase in A&E attendances of 10 per cent and emergency admissions by 6.7 per cent and additional funding was “crucial” if services are to be maintained.

Ms Vaughan said the trust had raised their concerns with NHS England and local MPs.