THE trust which runs Burton’s Queen’s Hospital has been dealt a fresh blow after it was revealed it is running at a £700,000 deficit and is among a handful of trusts missing cancer treatment targets.
The figures came to light following the latest report into hospital performances from regulator Monitor for the final quarter of 2013.
The Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust fell short of its target for the year to run at a loss of half a million pounds, but bosses said the trust was still performing well compared to others in the region.
But there was further disappointment, with the report also naming Burton’s trust as one of only 18 out of 147 which failed to meet the target of beginning treatment for cancer patients within 62 days.
It completes a year to forget for the trust that runs Burton’s hospital, in which it was among 11 across the UK to be placed into special measures.
The trust’s director of finance Bill Boa said: “The trust’s deficit figure at the end of December 2013 was a loss of approximately £0.7 million against a phased plan of a loss of £0.5 million, placing us £0.2 million away from plan.
“Although the trust is in deficit, our comparative performance in terms of acute trusts places us as the second highest performing acute trust in the region at that time based on the size of the deficit as a proportion of total income.”
Meanwhile, failing to meet the 62-day cancer treatment target was blamed on ‘capacity issues’ at the back end of last year, with director of operations Mark Powell insisting he was confident it would be able to address the problem during 2014.
He said: “We were unfortunately one of the Monitor regulated trusts that did not achieve the 62-day standard.
“We have consistently achieved this standard over the last six quarters since April 2012.
“The underperformance in quarter three in 2013 is due to a small number of capacity issues that will be resolved during quarter four and we expect to be back to achieving the required standard thereafter.”