STRUCTURE: Peterborough and Stamford FT has reported a “serious breakdown” in its relationship with NHS Peterborough.

The foundation trust’s December board papers, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal tension between the trust and the PCT.

A report from FT chief executive Nik Patten said: “Our largest strategic risk remains our relationship with NHSP [NHS Peterborough]. I continue to foster good relationships with their CEO but at director level there is now becoming a serious breakdown in relationships.”

The chief executive of the PCT at the time was Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, who has now left the post for a regional commissioning role with NHS East of England.

The report continues: “This [breakdown] has manifested itself in a critical report on our performance being presented to their board meeting that I have tried to have withdrawn (an update will be provided) and a threat of tendering dermatology to any willing provider; a further performance notice has been received regarding discharge medication that we have disputed.”

The FT chief executive’s report also said the trust was “disappointed, shocked and surprised” at NHS East of England’s decision to award the Hinchingbrooke Hospital contract to private provider Circle.