COMMERCIAL: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has highlighted a “serious” risk to its core services if it fails to win contracts to provide NHS 111 in the south west.

The trust’s risk register for March warns that not winning the contract, which has been divided up into 14 lots along primary care trust boundaries, could impact on the trust’s core services, operationally, clinically and financially.

It highlights that the trust has formed a partnership agreement to make a joint bid with “strong key players from region” but still rates it as likely they may not win the contract.