FINANCE: The primary care trust had achieved £2.4m of its planned £8.1m quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings by the end of July, board papers state.

The figure achieved shows that one third of the way into the current financial year Blackpool had achieved 29 per cent of its planned savings.

The NHS Lancashire PCT cluster’s latest QIPP report shows that at that point Blackpool was forecasting it would achieve total savings of £7.1m in 2011-12.

A further £0.9m of planned savings were classified as “high risk or uncertainty to delivery”.

The report added that NHS Blackpool would need to make the full £8.1m savings to “achieve financial balance this year”.