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Trust whcih runs Grantham hospital ends year with a deficit of more than £34 million

Hospital trusts in Greater Lincolnshire finished 2019 with a combined deficit of more than £55 million.

Both United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) racked up an overspend of £55.788 million as of December.

Both trusts, which are still in financial special measures, were within their deficit targets set for the end of the financial year.

Grantham Hospital (6339696)
Grantham Hospital (6339696)

Hospital bosses at ULHT and NLaG said they expected to meet their targets by April.

ULHT, which runs Grantham, Lincoln and Boston hospitals, reported a deficit of £34.893 million at the end of 2019.

The trust agreed a target of £70.3 million with NHS Improvement for the end of the financial year.

Officials at ULHT said they hope to achieve the target in order to access further funding.

Paul Matthew, director of finance and digital at the trust, said the deficit was caused by rurality of the county, structural issues and the performance of the organisation.

He added that the trust has forecast to meet its control target for this year. “The trust is forecasting delivery of its control total despite seeing a rise in the number of patients attending our A&E departments who are acutely unwell compared to previous years,” he said.

“This has been reflected with additional financial support from Lincolnshire’s commissioners to help with this extra demand.

“The trust acknowledges that there is much scope for financial improvement and is working internally and with system and national partners to reduce the deficit by proactively managing demand on its services and reduce reliance on high cost, temporary staff.”

NLaG, which runs hospitals in Scunthorpe and Grimsby, recorded an overspend of £20.895 million.

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