FINANCE: The Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust was £400,000 in surplus at the end of December – but made a loss of £200,000 in the month itself, reflecting a small number of working days and patients choosing not to have major surgery around Christmas. It has a revised planned surplus for the year of £1.25m.

“The trust is significantly behind plan which puts pressure on liquidity and limits the scope for capital investment,” a report to the board warns. A better fourth quarter was expected and required to produce a satisfactory year end outcome, it added.