FINANCE: The West Country acute trust had a cost improvement programme target of £19.7m but only achieved £15.3m in 2010-11.

The trust made £10.5m in savings recurrently and the rest non-recurrently.

The £272m-turnover trust was responding to a request HSJ made to all acute trusts three weeks ago.

Four trusts out of the 145 in England have failed to provide any kind of response.

They are East Cheshire Trust, Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust, Royal United Hospitals Bath Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.