FINANCE: NHS Wiltshire had still not agreed contracts with four of its biggest acute providers by the start of July.

A report to the board revealed there was still a “significant difference in planning assumptions” between Salisbury Foundation Trust and the primary care trust while contract values were still being finalised with Royal United Hospital Bath, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust

The report said differences between NHS Wiltshire and RUH and RBCHFT were “not significant”, however finalisation of the GWAS contract would “lead to a cost pressure in year as the plan assumed that historic funding would be rebased to actual activity levels”.

The PCT wants to spend £85m with Salisbury FT during 2011-12 but has set aside £92.8m in its annual accounts for the baseline contract pending the outcome of the dispute.