COMMERCIAL: The Ministry of Defence has awarded Portsmouth Hospitals Trust its elective healthcare contract up to 31 March 2013.

Trust chair David Rhind told the board it was “excellent news” for the trust.

He said: “As well as securing significant income for the trust, it would also provide a longer term opportunity to position the trust well for the wider strategic military healthcare review that would be taking place over the next 18 months, and to put it in a very strong position to bid for a greater share of the military healthcare work when the new tender opportunity is issued in 2013.”