FINANCE: Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust has £3.8m of its £14.1m cost improvement plan for the year to deliver with just two months remaining.

The board heard that at the end of January savings were at £10.3m against £9m at the end of December when the trust was £2,2m behind plan.

However, the trust had a £10m income against expenditure surplus at the end of January and it is heading for a year end surplus of between £7.5m and £8.5m.

This includes additional income related to the overnight closure of the Stafford Hospital A&E - which has brought more patients to Wolverhampton.