FINANCE: At the end of November the primary care trust was forecasting it would overspend its secondary care budget by £8m this year, its latest finance report shows.

The commissioner was also forecasting a £1.5m overspend on primary care. It was, however, predicting it would record a £250,000 surplus for the year through under-spends on planned investments and use of reserves.

“Currently, slippage on specific financial recovery projects appears to be being mitigated by savings in-year that may be only non-recurrent in nature, emphasising the importance of achieving full delivery of all financial recovery savings targets on a recurrent basis,” the report stated.

The biggest forecast overspends in secondary care were £2.7m on NHS general and acute services, £2.3m on complex care, and £1.4m on private sector secondary care.