FINANCE: East and North Hertfordshire Trust is behind its target for making a surplus this year. At the end of November it was £1m behind its plan of £3.6m surplus.

But the trust is still hoping to make a year end surplus of £3.5m, despite some risks. It is hoping to get some additional support to mitigate some financial risks relating to the opening of an independent treatment centre.

A report to December’s board meeting from Paul Traynor, director of finance, highlighted some shortfalls in income, partly related to the massive reconfiguration of services the trust is undergoing.

Intensive care is behind target - partly due to the success of an ITU outreach service the trust has introduced. ‘This is a perverse outcome as better patient care is leading to lower revenues,’ the report said.