FINANCE: Darlington PCT was due to meet its overall surplus plan for 2010-11, despite recording significant over-performance on its contracts with independent sector treatment centres.

The PCT had planned £1.7m spending for non-NHS provider acute care but, as of March, was expecting to spend an additional £859,000.

A board paper states: “The over-spend [is] a result of continued increased activity at independent sector acute providers, in particular the Woodlands contract [with BMI Woodlands Hospital].”

However, across its entire budget, the PCT was expecting to meet its plan of a £300,000 surplus.