FINANCE: Berkshire West primary care trust is expecting to meet its surplus target of £1.6m for 2011-12, but said some efficiency schemes were already showing “significant slippage” in the first two months of the year.

The PCT’s finance and performance report gave red ratings for a number of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention savings as of month two of 2011-12, although registering only a small underachievement overall.

These were targets for provider service transformation; GP contracts; high-cost mental health and learning disability placements; diabetes; and managing outpatients.

It has registered savings of £1.8m across the first two months of the year. The full year target is £13m.

The PCT set aside a contingency of £3.1m to mitigate some of the underperformance. “It is disappointing to call on this contingency at this early point in the year, and efforts need to be focused on developing the pipeline of new projects,” the report said.

A new QIPP reform plan scrutiny committee has been set up, including all clinical commissioning group leads.