FINANCE: The Coventry and Warwickshire health economy’s efficiency plan is “outdated”, according the chief executive of South Warwickshire FT.

Chief executive Glen Burley’s report to his trust’s March board meeting criticised the system-wide plan in the area for the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) savings scheme for its focus on “capacity reduction”.

He said: “One of my major concerns with the current document is that it appears to use capacity reduction as an alternative to demand management.  My view is that the current reforms make such an approach outdated as the NHS transforms into a more open market scenario and will operate more like a scheme than a system.  

“I am therefore unwilling to sign-up to bed reductions as a pre-emptive measure but have confirmed the Board’s commitment to work with partner organisations to reduce unscheduled bed occupancy through appropriate measures.”

He also said as a foundation trust, South Warwickshire were “not formally required to sign up to the plan but it would be a stronger and more compelling submission if we did”.