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Trust battle to beat cash deficit

Jayne Brown
The new chief executive says she wants more personal care packages

A health trust with a deficit of nearly 2m intends to be debt-free next year, its new chief executive has pledged.

A report to the North Yorkshire and York NHS trust on Tuesday warns further cost-cutting measures will need to be brought in to reduce the 1.8m deficit.

Some 20m of funds had to be used during the current financial year to help clear an existing debt.

Jayne Brown, who has just taken over at the helm, said: "We are not there yet but we are working towards it."

Ambulance target

Ms Brown has been confirmed as chief executive after the recent resignation of her predecessor, Janet Soo-Chung.

She also said she wanted to see a new emphasis on personal packages of care across the trust.

She said there was a need to give more personal attention to individuals rather than always thinking about the total population.

It has also emerged that the ambulance service in the area is failing to meet a key target.

Paramedics aim to reach 75% of the most serious cases within eight minutes.

The figures have improved since last April, but the trust only met the target briefly in September before the numbers dropped again, trust members will be told.

An Audit Commission report last year said the trust was among 20 in England deemed to be "inadequate".

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