Hospital chiefs in Shropshire are having to find more than £2.6 million in savings by March as the trust battles to meet tough financial targets.
The revelation comes as bosses at the county’s main hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford enter talks with nurses about proposals for them to work 12-and-a-half-hour shifts instead of the eight hours that most currently work.
Managers of Telford’s Princess Royal and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital are battling to meet tough savings targets before the end of the financial year.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust is required to save £1.9 million before next April.
But a report to trust board members reveals the trust reported a £788,000 deficit in the first half of the year.
It says: “In reporting a deficit, it is clear that the working assumptions adopted in constructing the budget for the 2012/13 year have altered substantially.”
The report also confirms the trust is failing to meet targets on accident and emergency waiting times.
The news comes after it emerged last week that the trust is consulting with nurses over working longer shifts, set to begin in March.
The changes would affect about 650 nurses and healthcare support workers across about 20 wards at the hospitals.
The trust’s financial position and performance will be considered when the board meets on Thursday.