SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has warned it faces a “significant financial challenge” this year as the severe economic downturn continues.
In its annual report, the body responsible for health services throughout the borough, says a savings target of £11 million has been set for 2009/10 – representing more than three per cent of the trust’s total NHS funding.
It adds that further savings are needed in adult social care services funded by Solihull Council, which came under financial pressure in 2008/09, resulting in an overspend of planned resources.
The trust says it plans to achieve these savings through “a range of cost releasing service developments, and by driving quality and efficiency improvements into all service areas.” It also aims to reduce overheads by at least five per cent.
The report states: “With the economic downturn likely to lead to lower levels of new funding becoming available in the future, the care trust will be working hard to review its expenditure in all areas – to make sure that every pound is well spent, and delivering the greatest benefit for the health and well being of the people of Solihull.”
The trust’s budget last year was £341 million, which included investment in the new walk-in health centre on the Solihull Hospital site.
Investment was also made to meet key NHS targets, such as ensuring the majority of patients received treatment within 18 weeks of referral by their GP.
The accounts show that the trust’s Chief Executive, Sally Burton, was paid £130,000 to £135,000 in 2008/09, the same as in the previous year. Thirty per cent of her salary is chargeable to Solihull Council.
Two other senior officials, director of public health Stephen Munday and director of resources Tim Tebbs, earned £120,000-£125,000 and £105,000-£110,000 respectively.