Investigation launched into £12.6 million deficit at hospital trust

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File photo dated 07/12/10 of an NHS logo, as although there is no Health Bill in the Government's agenda for the coming year, the Queen's Speech included promises for far-reaching change to the NHS in England, involving the creation of a "truly seven-day NHS" and an �8 billion boost in state funding by 2020.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 27, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Speech Health. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Regulators are to investigate finances at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals over an unplanned £12.6 million deficit.

Health sector regulator Monitor has opened an investigation at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after the organisation reported a significant deterioration in its finances.

The latest financial data supplied by Doncaster and Bassetlaw shows the trust is currently running a £12.6 million deficit.

Paul Chandler, Regional Director at Monitor, said:“People are relying on Doncaster and Bassetlaw to provide them with high quality healthcare now and in the future. Therefore, we need to make sure the trust can do this in a sustainable way and within its budget.

“We have launched this investigation to find out more about the financial situation at the trust and to establish what can be done to improve things.”

Monitor is concerned that the trust may record a large loss for 2015-16 instead of the £2.2m surplus it had previously predicted.

The regulator is also concerned that the scale of deterioration in Doncaster and Bassetlaw’s financial position may force the trust to apply for additional funding support in the future.

Mr Chandler added that an in-depth investigation will seek to understand how and why the situation has arisen while also exploring possible solutions.

Monitor will examine the state of the trust’s finances; assess the strength of its financial management; and ways of improving its long-term financial sustainability.