FINANCE: Failing to deliver on QIPP projects could lead to an overspend of £13m in the acute sector for NHS Cambridgeshire, the cluster board has warned.

The PCT is already overspent on acute commissioning by £3.4m against budget and this is forecast to rise by £8.8m by the end of the year. This would put the PCT at breakeven but only by using contingency funds.

However, a report by finance director John Leslie said that ‘urgent action’ is needed to deliver on QIPP and avoid a bigger overspend. If QIPP on acute contracts continued to slip the potential for overperformance in excess of £13m was ‘very real,’ he said.