FINANCE: Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has announced it plans to record a £26m deficit for 2012-13 and confirmed it is considering the reconfiguration of services, with the business case set to be completed in October.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has announced it plans to record a £26m deficit for 2012-13 and confirmed it is considering the reconfiguration of services.

The troubled trust ended 2011-12 with a £19m deficit. It has now agreed plans with the Department of Health which will see it record an even larger deficit this year, while needing to deliver a £23.2m cost improvement plan. A board paper shows it was slightly ahead of its finance plan as of May, when it recorded a £4.4m deficit.

The trust also last week announced it was beginning “discussions” with the public and clinicians to develop a new clinical services strategy.

It will develop plans to change services to make them clinically and financially sustainable. The trust has said it will complete a business case on the reconfiguration in October, and begin a 12-week public consultation in January.

It has already held a first meeting with commissioners and other stakeholders. Interim chief executive Stephen Eames said in a statement: “We began the process of developing a new clinical services strategy last year. Since then the full extent of our financial challenge has become clearer so we are looking at other ways to provide clinically safe services which are also financially sustainable.

“Whilst we have to consider and talk openly about a range of possible options, I must stress nothing has been decided yet.”

Mr Eames said the initial meeting with commissioners and others had looked at “how best to organise emergency and complex care, and more elective and routine care across our three hospitals”. He added: “We also considered how we can, with our partners, arrange our services differently to make sure patients receive their care as close to home as possible.”

An HSJ Local Briefing about Mid Yorks’ financial and service configuration problems was published in April. It said: “[Service change] proposals which had been drawn up during 2010 and 2011 but never brought to consultation will have to be reworked in light of the trust’s financial problems being worse than previously thought. Public consultation which had been expected in the first half of 2012 will now not come until the final months of the year at the earliest.”