FINANCE: A significant drop in GP referrals has led to a 5 per cent drop in new outpatient attendances at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

Board papers state: “GP referrals continue to run at significantly lower levels than 10-11.”

This equates to underperformance with its contract with NHS Nottingham City worth £540,000.

NUH has now produced specialty plans to reduce elective activity for the remainder of the year.