FINANCE: NHS Hillingdon is £4.9m behind its financial plan for 2010-11, reporting a deficit of £1.2m in February.

The primary care trust attributes the deficit to over-performance in acute care, with all other areas broadly in line with plan.

In the year to date, NHS Hillingdon has overspent on acute services by 5.8 per cent - £11.2m more than planned. There was also a 1.2 per cent overspend on primary care, but this was mitigated by underspends on other out of hospital services, and corporate costs.

Spending on Hillingdon Hospital, the Royal Brompton, and North West London Hospital are all “significantly above plan”, with overspends in all areas, particularly critical care, outpatients, and non-elective activity.

The PCT is forecasting a breakeven, depending on making £4m savings through a recovery plan, which is currently on track.

However its 1 per cent surplus target is not expected to be achieved.