FINANCE: Monitor has dropped University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust’s financial risk rating from a four to a three. The lower the number, the higher the risk that Monitor deems a trust to be.

Across the West Midlands, only one FT - Birmingham Women’s Hospital - has the lowest risk rating, which is 5.

Mid Staffordshire is the only trust with the highest risk rating, which is 1.

The quarter three 2010-11 risk ratings for each trust in the West Midlands are set out in an SHA report. Six trusts had a rating of 3 and four were rated 4.