Tom Blenkinsop MP said:
“The “Special Briefing” released by the Trust today is opaque to say the least, and it raises several serious questions.
“From the briefing it is not evident as to how the Trust has derived their financial figures as stipulated; nor is it evident in their previous board minutes as to how the Trust has gone from an apparent £5m financial gap to a £29m financial gap in the space of 12 months. This may indeed be true, but the “Special briefing” by no means explains why.
“What we do know is there is a documented £7m under spend on core nursing or nursing establishment, yet a £4m overspend on agency nursing, with an additional £3.26m overspend on other agency medical staffing.
“In terms of immediate next steps we need the Trust to tell us whether this black hole is – as it appears to be – unexpected phenomena. But if it was expected why weren’t plans put in place to deal with it? Secondly, I’ll be asking to meet with the Trust and the Secretary of State and if my concerns are not addressed I’ll be writing to the Comptroller & Auditor General.
“It is clear that the unwanted NHS reorganisation by this Government has left the finances of our local NHS services in a perilous position and every action must be taken to ensure questions are answered and that this issue is resolved in a timely manner.”