This latest Health General Report, which covers 2015-16 and 2016-17, will review several key areas within the local Health and Social Care (HSC) sector:
- The Financial Performance of HSC Trusts – we will assess the Trusts’ financial performance, the extent to which they required additional in-year monitoring funding to achieve a break-even performance, and the estimated size of the funding gap across the HSC sector at the end of 2016-17, which has arisen from the costs of delivering existing care models increasing at a pace which cannot be sustained within available budgets.
- Timely Access to Hospital Care – we will review performance achieved by the Trusts against key waiting time targets for inpatient and outpatient care, Accident and Emergency care, and cancer treatment.
- The Business Services Transformation Programme (BSTP) – we will assess if BSTP, which aimed to introduce shared services for a range of corporate functions including finance, human resources and payroll, across 16 HSC user organisations, was developed within time and budget, and whether it is delivering the level and range of efficiencies envisaged at the outset.
- We will also review payments made in 2015 and 2016 to consultants in the Southern Trust under an initiative which aimed to reduce waiting times, to determine if these provided value for money.
We will publish in December 2018.