FINANCE: Berkshire West primary care trust has hit its planned surplus position and is expecting to achieve its year end target of £6.5m.

This is despite pressures have continuing to build in secondary care acute performance, particularly in the PCT’s contract with Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust.

Board papers for January say “these are however being offset by savings within primary care, especially prescribing.”

Commissioners and the trust are continuing to work on validating reported acute activity, particularly where this could be affected by the trust’s implementation last summer of the Cerner electronic patient record system.