The NHS in Worcestershire faces a £200m funding gap and must redesign its acute services, yet plans are facing fierce opposition from campaigners
We look at plans to reconfigure acute services in Worcestershire, where the health economy faces a £200m financial gap.
STRUCTURE: Senior doctors and managers leading a review of acute services in Worcestershire have met with campaigners from the Save the Alex group.
PERFORMANCE: The Worcestershire Imaging Centre, based in Droitwich Spa, has successfully completed a £500,000 upgrade of its MRI scanner.
FINANCE: The four PCTs making up the West Mercia Cluster are on track to deliver against their financial targets to break even and hit the control total surplus agreed with NHS Midlands and the East strategic health authority cluster.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Worcestershire’s performance on a stroke target is “of concern” to NHS Midlands and East.
FINANCE: The renegotiating of contracts with commissioners has seen Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust report an in month surplus of £199,000 at the end of January, reducing the year to date deficit to £781,000.
COMMERCIAL: NHS Worcestershire is conducting a market assessment of interest in providing admission prevention and rehabilitation beds.
STRUCTURE: The NHS in Worcestershire is embarking on a review of health services.
WORKFORCE: A non-executive director of NHS Worcestershire has been appointed as chair of the emerging local HealthWatch organisation.
PERFORMANCE: A group of almost 20 patients and relatives are planning to launch legal action against a struggling West Midlands trust, claiming their treatment was a breach of the Human Rights Act.
COMMERCIAL: Worcestershire Health and Care Trust has been awarded a contract to provide offender healthcare services at a new prison in Staffordshire.
FINANCE: The PCT is in negogiations with NHS West Midlands to increase its agreed year end forecast surplus of £3m.
PERFORMANCE: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust is below plan on non-elective, outpatient and accident and emergency activity at the end of the first quarter of the year.
FINANCE: NHS Worcestershire is reporting a £3.1m overspend on Continuing Care due to a growth in client numbers compared to 2010-11.
WORKFORCE: A new medical director has been appointed to the West Mercia cluster of primary care trusts.
STRUCTURE: Worcestershire Health and Care Trust has held its inaugural board meeting.
WORKFORCE: NHS Worcestershire’s chairman has written a scathing critique of the reforms, saying they are an “unholy mess” and that “amateurs” are dismantling the NHS.
STRUCTURE: An emerging GP consortia has voted to discontinue a local enhanced service agreement for choose and book .