Health trust appeals for additional money

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Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust is appealing to the government for more funds to help it out come out of special measures

The trust is forecasting a £5.1m surplus at the end of the financial year but says there is ‘a growing level of risk’ and the worst case scenario is a deficit of £4.9m.

A trust spokeswoman said they did not know how much money has been asked for from the government.

But in a statement chief executive Anne Eden, who is paid £160,000 a year, said some planned improvements will require additional funding from the government’s trust development authority.

She said: “The trust developed a clear action plan following the National Keogh Review which focuses on improving the quality of our services.

“It is absolutely our priority to ensure that we continue to provide high quality, safe services for our patients. We are also committed to listening to what our patients tell us, ensuring we always put their needs first. However, it is our duty to ensure that we deliver this within the budget that we have been allocated.

“A vast majority of our actions focus on changing our current processes and procedures and therefore can be delivered using our existing resources. However, there are some projects that will require additional funding, such as strengthening and developing more comprehensive services out of hours and at weekends. Like many other trusts, we will need to identify additional funding to support such projects.

“We have submitted indicative costs to the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) and are awaiting a response as to what financial support they can offer us.”