FINANCE: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was around £2.4m behind its savings target in January, according to latest board papers.

The board papers state: “Savings of £7,881k have been achieved year to date against a target of £10,276k, which is £2,395k behind target.

“Non essential non pay restrictions continue to be in force as well as financial recovery plans to help counter this shortfall,” they add.

The trust’s overall savings target for 2011-12, is £14m, representing 6 per cent of total turnover.

“Our financial position continues to be extremely challenging,” the board papers note.