FINANCE: Solent NHS Trust broke even over the first two months of 2011-12 but has not met its surplus target after overspending on its out of hours service.

The trust’s July performance report says that a planned £91,000 surplus has not been met. Its out of hours service “continues to experience short peaks of demand, outstripping supply of available clinicians, typically resulting in delays in clinical assessment.”

The trust is trialling a “super-triage” scheme, changes to operations at Queen Alexandra Hospital, and is undertaking “detailed data analysis to allow better planning”.

The current average waiting time for cardiology is 14 weeks, against a target of four, the report says.

Its total workforce is also above target, at 3334.51 whole time equivalent, 92.4 above plan.