FINANCE: The primary care trust predicted it was on course to meet its planned end-of-year surplus of £4.6m after the first three months of the financial year.

The PCT’s finance report for the three months ending 30 June says it is £12,000 ahead of the planned year-to-date position of £542,000 and is still forecasting a year-end surplus of around £4.6m.

It states: “A year to date surplus of £553,000 is being reported and it is expected that the £4,615,000 control total surplus will be achieved.”

No significant risks to the end-of-year position have so far been identified and it is expected that contingencies will cover predicted acute over-performance.

The report says: “Early indications imply £2.5m acute over activity at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals… further verification is being undertaken. The forecast over-performance at BSUH is currently covered by release of contingency.”

“General medical services and personal medical services budgets are currently forecast to break even, whilst a small underspend (£50,000) is anticipated for dental budgets.”