Hospitals face winter squeeze

HEALTH chiefs will not get any extra cash this year to cope with the annual “winter surge”.

Cold weather leads to more people needing hospital treatment – which costs extra money.

But the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will not get any funds this winter and will need to find cash from elsewhere.

It comes on top of the £26.1m of cuts the Trust is planning for the 2016/17 financial year, which are:

• Divisional efficiencies of £10.4m;

• £8m less on agency staff;

• PFI savings of £4m;

• £2m from increased theatre productivity;

• Procurement savings of £1m;

• £700,000 from medicine “optimisation”. 

Mid Yorkshire director of finance Jane Hazelgrave said the trust lost £20.5m last year.

This was an improvement of £2.9m on the forecast deficit, at a time when  trusts nationally posted record losses of £2.45bn.

Ms Hazelgrove said: “We took measures to improve on our forecast deficit by revaluing the estate and excluding VAT on the valuations of our PFI buildings.

“This valuation resulted in a fall in the value of the estate, which consequently reduced the depreciation charge and the dividend payable.

“In respect of the ‘winter surge’, the trust will not receive additional funding from commissioners this year as we have done in previous years to support associated cost pressures.

“As a result we are still working up plans to mitigate this risk.”


Trust hit by poor survey ratings

HOSPITAL patients feel they wait too long for a bed and there are not enough nurses to care for the them.

Ratings in these two areas at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust fell in an in-patient survey for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Results were compiled from responses from 533 people who took part from August to January.

Mid Yorkshire, which runs Dewsbury District Hospital, came out on a par with other trusts in most areas. But in two, availability of bed and staffing levels, Mid Yorkshire fared worse with scores of 6.7 and 6.6 out of 10 respectively.

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox said: “The results of the CQC survey of inpatients are not acceptable.

“But they are not a surprise, given all the information I and others have had over the last year.

“Staff morale is rock-bottom and there have been serious staff shortages.

“Patients have suffered from long waiting times and inadequate care.”

The Trust has a 41-point plan called the Urgent Care Improvement Plan (UCIP) to fix the issues.

Mrs Cox said: “This is not only a matter of having the right plan with the right oversight.

“The Government needs to make sure the resources to implement these plans are available. I will continue to push them on this.”

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