FINANCE: Delivery of £750,000 savings in the fifth month of 2011-12 left the primary care trust ahead of schedule for its saving programme this year, with £13.9m saved so far this year, its PCT cluster finance report stated.

The report said Halton and St Helens has a “further £8.3m of savings identified and is confident £5.3m of this will be realised - the outstanding £3m being segmented as ‘red’ and highly unlikely”.

It noted: “Whilst the first five months progress has resulted in CIP delivery ahead of schedule, the outstanding £3m gap means the overall CIP [red, amber, green] status is amber.”