FINANCE: The acute trust achieved only 76 per cent of its cost improvement programme for the past financial year.

The organisation had aimed to make £22.5m in savings but only achieved £17.1m.

Of this figure over a quarter, £4.8m, was achieved with non-recurrent savings.

The £294m-turnover trust was a late responder to a request HSJ made to all acute trusts three weeks ago.

Four other trusts out of the 145 in England have failed to provide any kind of response.

They are East Cheshire Trust, Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust, Royal United Hospitals Bath Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.