FINANCE: The trust is predicted to breakeven against its service level agreement plans with Sussex PCTs by the end of the year, but is forecast to over spend slightly against budget, by £1.2m.

The Sussex Commissioning Support Unit made the prediction based on provider monitoring returns for the first two months of the financial year.

It said elective activity was less than planned at the end of May, while both first and follow up outpatient appointments were greater than planned.

Non-elective activity was less than planned but A&E activity is slightly more than planned in the service level agreement, the report added.

However, it said the trust was failing to meet a number of performance targets.

These included failing to see 94 per cent of patients in 31 days for second or subsequent cancer treatment (surgery), failing to risk assess 90 per cent of admitted patients for VTE, failing to have 80 per cent of stroke patients spending 90 per cent of their time on a stroke unit, and failing on 18 weeks.

There were also 339 breaches of the same sex accommodation standard in April.