FINANCE: Only 55 per cent of planned QIPP savings of £57m were delivered in Kent and Medway to the end of January.

A report to the cluster board showed that the position had been particularly difficult in acute care where only 50 per cent of planned savings were actually made.

At the same time all CCG areas, except West Kent, saw GP referrals rise in the year to December, compared with the previous year, and all save Ashford and South Kernt Coast saw an increase in A&E attendances over the sae period.

The report adds that all CCGs continued to be in in deficit, prior to the use of contingency funds.