Lincolnshire hospitals face £14m budget deficit

Health bosses in Lincolnshire have warned all areas of hospital spending are under review as it faces a £14m deficit.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed the expected overspend in its £384m budget for the financial year which ends on 31 March.

The trust has three main hospital sites in Grantham, Lincoln and Boston.

It blames increases in emergency activity and in the costs of employing locum and agency medical staff.

Expenditure scrutinised

In a statement, United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust said: "The trust is closely examining every part of its expenditure to identify areas where savings can be made without compromising quality or patient safety.

"No area of expenditure can avoid being a focus of attention, but a major focus is already being made on management and administration costs, savings from more efficient procurement and improved controls over workforce costs.

"The trust is also exploring ways of reducing its spend on agency and locum medical staffing where we appear to spend more than comparable NHS organisations."

The trust said it was too early to say how its plans would affect individual hospital sites or how many jobs would be affected by the expenditure review.

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