FINANCE: Efficiency schemes in Birmingham and Solihull are still only expected to yield little more than half their savings targets for 2012-13, despite efforts from clinical commissioning groups to close the gap.

The primary care trust cluster has a “challenging” savings requirement of £58m. A total of £16m of this was unidentified at the time budgets were set, and even though CCGs have taken ownership of the scheme, and a small number of additional schemes have been approved, “the gap remains largely unfilled”.

In the first five months of 2012-13 the cluster saved £11.2m against a plan of £22.9m. It expects to save £32.3m – a £528,000 improvement on a month before, but still only adding up to 55.8 per cent.

Business efficiencies was the only “live” account forecast to deliver less than half of its planned savings targets.

This was “primarily due to the inclusion of the £16m ‘unvalidated CCG QIPP scheme’ target which is allocated within this account”.

“However, cluster board papers said, “new CCG schemes are now being included within the overall portfolio which will contribute towards delivery of the £16m gap,” according to board papers.

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