FINANCE: North Bristol Trust was behind its finance plan by £1.4m at the end of October.

A report to November’s board said this was mainly the result of a shortfall of £3.4m against its savings plan in the year to date.

The report said: “Whilst the savings programme is currently forecasting a shortfall for the year we expect the mitigating actions being taken will enable the Trust to achieve the planned [income and expenditure] surplus for the year of £5.6m.”