FINANCE: North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s moves to reduce hospital bed capacity are slightly behind plan.

The aim is part of the trust’s service reconfiguration programme, called Momentum: Pathways to Healthcare.

A board paper says: “The purpose of service transformation is to deliver the bed reductions required in the capacity plan, provide care closer to home and increase quality, accessibility, integration, responsiveness and value for money across the patient pathway.”

The trust has planned bed capacity as a rolling 12-month measure of average bed usage.

It projected a reduction of 55 beds during 2010-11. But the progress paper shows that, as of the beginning of March, the latest available figures, the trust had 30 of these “still to be delivered”.