FINANCE: A £15m gap is opening up between what NHS Wiltshire wants to pay for services at Salisbury Foundation Trust in the next financial year and what the trust says they should cost.

NHS Wiltshire has allowed £85m for the services but the trust that based on the new tariff and current activity levels the amount due is £100m.

The trust and Wiltshire PCTs are also discussing work carried out inappropriately under the Wiltshire clinical priorities programme in this financial year. PCT calculations say this is as high as £5m while the trust says it represents a maximum of £500,000 of which half had been approved under the clnniical exceptions procedure.