FINANCE: Airedale Foundation Trust cannot sustain the current level of operating costs within its income as it moves into 2013-14, the board has been warned

A planned reduction of costs across the clinical groups is needed, and productivity needs to rise. A report to the board by Gillian Elsworth, interim deputy director of finance, points out costs have continued in January while income has dropped. Although the trust is in surplus, it has struggled to deliver all its cost improvement plans – especially around reducing beds.