FINANCE: Lower than expected income from PCTs has led to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Foundation Trust forecasting a deficit of £909,000 for the financial year, rather than the planned surplus of £124,000.

January’s board meeting heard that December was a particularly difficult month with a £314,000 deficit contributing to a year-to-date deficit of £752,000.

On current projections, the trust will be overdrawn at the end of the financial year by nearly £250,000. “Enquiries are underway to put in place borrowing facilities to support the cash position,” the board was told.