FINANCE: Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has anticipated the need for a 9.6 per cent cost improvement programme in 2011-12, ahead of final negotiations with commissioners.

The estimate to the trust’s March board meeting is based on expectation of national efficiency requirements, additional “local pressures”, the potential loss of £2.6m non recurrent income for commissioners, underachievement of current year savings by £2.4m and “additional capacity required re potential severe weather” or £4m.

The paper to the board noted that negotiations with commissioners were “ongoing”.