FINANCE: Buckinghamshire primary care trust is beating its revenue spending target, but falling behind on its cost improvement plan.

The commissioner underspent by £25,000 in the year to month nine, January board papers show.

However, it fell £2.5m short on CIP savings, “mainly due to slippage on schemes around planned and urgent care.”

Buckinghamshire now expects to miss its CIP target by £3.4m by the end of the year.

Savings with Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust are over £1m behind target. Meanwhile CIP savings with other providers were £1.6m short, although a fall in spend on excess betd days released savings of £234,000.

Shortfalls are identified in continuing care and joint care with the local council. Primary care savings are £580,000 behind plan due to delays on GP and dental efficiency schemes.

The PCT has achieved its management cost saving target. “The PCT is holding back on recruiting to vacant posts and contractors are being released which is reflected in the positive variance of 7 whole time equivalent against plan.”