FINANCE: Bolton Health Consortium’s forecast overspend on its prescribing budget went up by £496,000 in February, to £861,000.

The clinical commissioning group’s expected prescribing overspend more than doubled in the month, up from just £365,000 at the end of January, NHS Bolton’s latest finance report shows.

“BHC has been leading intensive work to reduce spend on GP prescribing,” the report states. “It is disappointing that [Prescription Pricing Authority] forecasts are still showing significant movements so late in the financial year.”

The overspend on the CCG’s delegated budget makes up more than half of NHS Bolton’s total forecast overspend for prescribing, at £1.3m. The primary care trust is also forecasting overspends of £1.2m on secondary care and £119,000 on primary care.

These overspends were offset by forecast underspends on public health and corporate costs, and the use of £1.3m of PCT reserves.