FINANCE: Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust reported a year to date surplus of £1.3m in February, more than £1m behind target.

However March board papers describe this as a “further improvement in the position”, which is “in line with [the trust’s] remedial recovery plan”.

The shortfall is due to “continuing operational pressures and contract marginal rates, and behind trajectory on run-rate savings to month 11”.

Meanwhile the South Central strategic health authority has agreed an extra £800,000 of funding to pay for extra work to reduce waiting lists.