FINANCE: The PCT’s finance director has warned the board its £16.1m savings plan must not be allowed to undermine services at the financially struggling Trafford Healthcare Trust.

In a contracting update to the board’s 24 May meeting, locality director of finance, contracting and performance wrote: “It should be noted that no allowance has been made in the PCT’s plan for any financial support to Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust in 2011-12.

The report continued: “The Board will be aware that a significant challenge to the delivery of the Trafford QIPP/CRES is in regard to the effect that the savings may have on the financial viability and services provided by Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust. It is important to ensure that savings are delivered in such a way that they do not have an adverse affect on outcomes across Trafford and do not cause further financial pressures to the Trafford economy.”