FINANCE: Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust has posted a £3.2m surplus for the first half of the 2012-13 financial year against a plan of £2.5m.

Its cash pile was also up on start of year plans, standing at £24.2m versus a planned level of £22.8m.

However, the trust’s financial and resource assurance committee has called for an improved performance in the second half of 2012-13.

Its report to the board of directors said: “At the divisional level, whilst overall the divisions are making a surplus, in total they are behind the plan for this time in the year.  

“Cancer and Clinical Support Services (+£1.7m) are above plan, Women and Children’s are in line with plans but Surgery (-£3.1m) and Medicine (-£0.5m) are below plan.

It added: “Income is ahead of plan but costs in respect of the necessity to employ locum consultants, doctors and nurses to cover vacancies and sickness and in Quarter 1 to provide additional resources to meet the 18 weeks targets compliance by individual specialty, have eaten into this benefit.”