Trust faces £20m deficit

Pinderfields Hospital general view

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THE TRUST which runs Pinderfields Hospital is facing a £20m funding black hole.

Bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are under mounting pressure to explain its financial situation this week.

An independent review has revealed the trust has run up a £10.8m deficit so far this financial year.

And it is forecast to rise to £19.7m by the end of March.

The figures emerged after the trust missed savings targets to slash £60m from its budget over two years under savage NHS cuts imposed by the government.

District MP Jon Trickett said cuts were making it almost impossible for the trust to make ends meet.

But he added: “I think the management has got to buck its ideas up.

“The management of the trust have got to ask themselves some serious questions about what’s going on.”

Mr Trickett said some patients were going to other hospitals for treatment, leading to a loss of income for Mid Yorkshire.

He said: “If the trust loses money there is a danger more services will be cut and it is a slippery slope.

“They have absolutely got to get a grip on this.”

An employment tribunal, which awarded £4.5m compensation to a former consultant, piled further pressure on the cash-strapped trust.

Mid Yorkshire is also meeting the cost of a multi-million pound scheme to build new hospitals in Wakefield and Pontefract under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

Adrian O’Malley, from Mid Yorkshire Unison, said the PFI scheme, under which Mid Yorkshire pays running costs to a private contractor, was not affordable.

He said: “We were warning the trust about this 10 years ago.”

The deficit emerged despite an agreement in principle from NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield to provide £14m in financial support to Mid Yorkshire.

A statement issued by the trust said: “We have made significant headway in meeting many of our planned cost improvement savings but they have not all been realised.

“It is very important to us that we continue to provide safe, effective services to local people and to do this we need to work harder still to turn around our difficult financial position.”