Your coverage misrepresented the Department of Health's failure regime policy. The figure of 2.1 per cent does not take account of the swift action that would result from the new performance regime or Monitor's compliance framework. Effective recovery action will mean the regime for unsustainable providers will be triggered only rarely.

Your leader also said we need to spell out how we see the regime operating. We have done this very clearly in the recently published consultation document.

The DH has no doubt the number of trusts entering the regime for unsustainable NHS providers will be far fewer than 2.1 per cent each year.

David Flory, director general, NHS finance, performance and operations