Doncaster MP calls for Trust funds probe

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A Doncaster MP is calling for a ‘full investigation’ into a hospital’s financial records after a black hole of £12 million was discovered.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has said South Yorkshire Police need to be brought in if necessary after the huge shortfall was found.

The director of finance and infrastructure at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust has already resigned in the wake of the discovery.

Health chiefs revealed this 
week that contrary to previous financial reports – which had indicated that the Trust would end the year with a funding surplus – a deficit has been discovered.

Ms Flint has subsequently called for a full investigation into the missing millions, and for detectives from South Yorkshire Police to be brought in if necessary.

Ms Flint said: “The Trust’s chief executive briefed me on this serious situation and I have asked for this to be fully investigated and, if required, for the police to be called in.

“The Trust needs this mismanagement fully investigated to ensure there has been no fraud, to protect public money and to prosecute the perpetrators if there has been any criminal action by individuals. This will have a serious impact on the Trust, but I am advised that it will not cost staff jobs.”

South Yorkshire Police are not believed to be involved in the investigation at this time.

Mike Pinkerton, chief executive for the Trust, said: “For the first five months of the year, the accounts have been reported inaccurately to the director of finance and infrastructure and the board of directors. As a result I have requested an external investigation into how our finances have been managed, which is already under way. As the person ultimately responsible for the systems of financial management and control within the organisation, the director of finance and infrastructure has resigned. Our internal controls raised a concern about the reported financial position, which led us to complete some further internal checks, uncovering some inaccuracies in financial reporting.”

A spokesman for the Trust said following the completion of a full six-month financial position review, through which the £12 million shortfall was discovered, it has also been highlighted that the Trust is spending more on a monthly basis than it is earning.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu hospitals both fall within the remit of the Trust.