University Hospital of North Staffordshire in line for £10.5m
STAFFORDSHIRE'S biggest hospital is set to win a further multi-million pound bailout to tackle its deepening financial crisis.
The University Hospital of North Staffordshire has already received £8.2 million.
Now two NHS funding bodies have announced they are willing to give more cash to the stricken Hartshill complex – the day after long-serving chief executive Julia Bridgewater tendered her resignation.
The hospital, which has an annual budget of £450 million, is predicting a year-end deficit of £10.7 million – even though debts have spiralled to £27 million.
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It has now put in a second bid for £10.5 million to North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which fund most of the hospital's services.
Unions representing the centre's 7,000 staff fear jobs and services will be at risk if the cash lifeline is not granted.
Announcing the extra help, CCG leaders last night warned that it could take the hospital three years to get back into the black – threatening its bid to become a self-ruling Foundation Trust on time.
Tony Matthews, joint CCG finance director, said: "We have received a request for a further £10.5million of extra costs to be spent between now and the end of the financial year. "The hospital has sent us this in a very technical letter which our staff are working on before sending back a response probably by next week.
"Hopefully we can help support them in some way because this is a local health economy-wide problem and not just the hospital's. We all want the same thing."
The debt is being blamed on the hospital having to treat huge numbers of extra patients than agreed in contracts with its commissioners drawn up at the start of the year.
A staggering 11.5 per cent extra patients have flooded into A&E with a 13.5 percent leap in those needing to be admitted to a bed.
As a result, the hospital had to recommission 80 beds it was about to shut under a programme to switch services into the community.
Tributes to Mrs Bridgewater who spent her entire 28-year career at UHNS continued to flow in last night.
One from trust chairman John MacDonald said: "Julia is one of the few chief executives who can truly claim to have transformed the hospital they lead. Through a period of change, she has put quality of care at the centre of everything we do.
"I am sure that all friends of the trust would join me in wishing Julia every success with the next stage of her NHS career."
Mrs Bridgewater will leave on January 24.