FINANCE: Sussex PCTs contracts with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust are projected to be £4.2m over spent compared to the service level agreement plan, and £23.9m over budget at the end of the year - the worst forecast for an acute in Sussex.

The Sussex Commissioning Support Unit made the prediction based on provider monitoring returns for the first two months of the financial year.

It said there was significant over performance in elective inpatient and outpatient activity, while non-elective activity was less than planned but A&E activity is over plan.

The report also said the trust was failing to meet a number of performance targets.

For example, it was failing three out of five A&E targets – re-attendance rates, arrival to initial assessment time and arrival to initial treatment time – and there had been 201 breaches of single sex accommodation standard reported in April and May.

It was also failing to see 85 per cent of GUM patients within 48 hours, while one never event was reported in April – a retained foreign object post operation – and one case of MRSA was also reported in April.

The report added that £1.9m worth of activity at the trust had “been challenged” in May.