FINANCE: The primary care trust said it recorded a surplus of £2.6m for the 12 months ending 31 March 2011.

This was £2.9 behind plan and £1m behind the position forecast in February after “risks crystalised”.

The PCT’s finance report said: “Whilst this is nearly £3m below the ambitious plan, this is the highest surplus achieved by the PCT since it was established in 2006.”

The board papers identified overspends on the PCT’s main acute contracts, continuing healthcare and learning disabilities.

The finance report noted over-performance on the main acute contracts at East Sussex Hospitals of £8.9m, and Brighton & Sussex Uni Hospitals of £3.5m.

The year-end position for continuing healthcare expenditure saw an overspend of £3.2m and learning disability expenditure reported an overspend of £1.1m.