FINANCE: Quality, improvement, productivity and prevention (QIPP) planning around Newcastle is being further delayed by reforms to the local commissioning landscape, a foundation trust is reporting.

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust chief operating officer David Allison told his board the areas’s QIPP working groups “had made only a slow start”.

He reported: “The recent emergence of GP commissioning and the consequent need to engage with GPs had further added to the complexity and to delay in the timetable.”

He said disinvestment from secondary care was now likely to happen on a “locality basis”.

In January, foundation trust chief executive Sir Leonard Fenwick reported: “[PCT cluster] NHS North of Tyne have cancelled further [QIPP] meetings and the baton appears to be now handed across to GP-led commissioning.”