Hospital finances better than planned

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dorset County Hospital

Dorset County Hospital is £2m short of its target to make £7m "efficiency" cuts by next April, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has said.

A meeting of governors was told the hospital's finances were £400,000 better off than planned, partly due to a government award that arrived to late to be included in last year's figures.

But finance director Paul Goddard said there was concern about an ongoing overspend on agency staff - currently costing £500,000 a month.

Trust chief executive Patricia Miller said the hospital had recruited between 15 and 20 non-EU staff during the financial year to try and tackle staff shortages, covering the initial cost of their accommodation and arranging visas and transport.