It was a pleasure to meet Tracy Bullock, Chief Excutive of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
Tracy came in just over 9 moths ago with a challenging situation to sort out the finances and services of the Trust. As someone who was a frontline nurse and continues to get her scrubs on and get stuck in, I have confidence that she can turn things around.
I am pleased to see that the Trust are due to hit their financial control target and over deliver which means more money reinvested for the frontline.
However, there is a big strain on the Royal Stoke University Hospital, and that is the disastrous PFI deal that costs around £15 million per year to simply service the debt.