COMMERCIAL: A total of 22 provider/commissioner contracts for 2011-12 were not signed off at the beginning of the financial year in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, HSJ has learned.

Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the strategic health authority said that, as of 12 May, 10 contracts had been agreed but not formally signed off, while a further 12 were still in negotiation. None were in formal dispute.

By 26 May, eight were still incomplete, covering acute, community and transport services.

Four were agreed but not signed. These were between: Hull Primary Care Trust with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; Hull Primary Care Trust and Yorkshire Ambulance Service; North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus and Care Plus Social Enterprise; and Leeds Primary Care Trust Leeds and Marie Stopes.

Another four were still in negotiation. These were between: Calderdale Primary Care Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust and Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust; North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service; and North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust and  Marie Stopes.