FINANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust made a small surplus last year – but had an underlying deficit of more than £9m.

The April board meeting heard that support from commissioners helped the trust make a surplus of £300,000 and the trust delivered savings of £10m. But the pressure on A&E in the last month of the year could endanger the financial position in the first month of 2013-14 – and the pressure had continued into April, leading to increased agency costs and reduced elective income. A report to the board described the financial climate as getting colder and also noted that, at that point, a contract had not been signed with CCGs.