On March 24 2017 NHS Improvement advised the Trust it was being placed into financial special measures.
Financial special measures is a package of measures applied to particular NHS bodies as part of a reset of expectations of financial discipline and performance in the NHS. Financial special measures is designed to help NHS bodies facing the biggest financial challenges.
Richard Sunley, interim chief executive, said: “Despite our best efforts to reduce our deficit our financial position has continued to deteriorate over the year and has recently worsened due to the significant pressures on our services.
“An increase in non-elective patient activity (i.e A&E attendances) in quarter four and a high medical vacancy rate has led to increased expenditure on nurse staffing and locum doctors.
“These pressures on our services has also seen a drop in our planned activity (operations and procedures) and therefore our income.
“While our cost improvement programme has delivered savings of £12.4m to date and is expected to deliver £13.7m by the end of this financial year (4% consistent with 2015/16) our current forecasted deficit for the end of the financial year is £30million (against a planned deficit of £12.2 million).
“As a result of us being unable to reduce our deficit quickly enough we are being placed in financial special measures. NHS Improvement will appoint an improvement director to work with us and will need to agree a financial recovery plan with them.
“We welcome this additional support and are determined to reduce our deficit while maintaining local services for patients.
“We will continue to work closely with our local partners and commissioners and are fully engaged with the Humber and Vale STP (sustainability and transformation plan) which is looking at the sustainability of the local health economy as a whole.”