FINANCE: Birmingham Cross City clinical commissioning group reported it was ahead of its finance plan at the end of month nine, and was expecting to hit its £2m surplus target for the year.

This was despite overperformance on its main acute contracts.

Board papers for the Birmingham and Solihull primary care trust cluster said: “There is sufficient flexibility in the other areas of the [CCG’s] portfolio, principally prescribing and complex care, and in reserves to manage the financial position.

“The CCG is continuing to focus on the development and implementation of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention schemes to address its underlying financial position.”

The CCG was reporting full delivery of its year to date efficiency savings target, and forecasting it would hit its year end figure of £29.8m.

“This position is a significant improvement on that previously reported,” the papers said.

However the improvement was due to the inclusion of complex care and prescribing under spends.”