FINANCE: The outer north west London cluster is behind target on its savings because of problems at NHS Ealing.

The cluster, made up of NHS Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow, is now £3m behind on its planned surplus, mainly down to acute overperformance, a finance report said.

The report said: “The other significant risk to achieving our financial targets relates to delivery of the QIPP programme, 75 per cent of the savings are expected to be delivered during the second half of the year and £10.5m of the additional recovery plan schemes have risk rated as red.”