FINANCE: Hampshire primary care trust missed its 2010-11 cost improvement plan by 10 per cent, and had to spend £9.1m of uncommitted reserves to ensure a £500,000 underspend for the year.

The commissioner’s end of year report, published in the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth cluster board papers for June, details difficulties in reducing expenditure for some acute services.

The report said: “Whilst much good work has been done with partners on elective thresholds and management it has not been possible to demonstrate any cash savings.”

Admission avoidance measures were £9m behind plan, while savings in “ambulatory sensitive conditions” were offset by growth in other areas.

However financial risks were mitigated through contract negotiations resulting in savings worth £28.1m.

There was overperformance against contract at Southampton University Hospital, and Basingstoke Hospital, and Frimley Park Hospital, particularly for complex admissions.

The PCT reported an overall underspend of £500,000, but only after committing £9.1m of reserves.

NHS Hampshire saved £91.5m through its cost improvement plan, an under-delivery of £9.4m.

The PCT’s performance and delivery group is to meet fortnightly to support and challenge progress against plans.