FINANCE: Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust is predicting that its deficit could worsen to from £12.7m to £22.7m by the end of 2015-16.

The trust said in board papers this was because of inflation, reductions in patient income through tariff deflation and “new cost pressures”.

The expected deficit “before CIP and volume changes” is £22.1m but this could change to £22.7m with staff pay rises.

The figures are highlighted in a draft 2015-16 financial plan the trust is required to send to Monitor as part of its annual planning.