NEWS

Greater Glasgow primary care trust has revealed a£5m surplus, which it claims is largely down to stabilising prescribing costs.

The surplus in its£440m budget appears in the annual report and follows an overspend of£1.5m the previous year.The trust had blamed fluctuating drug bills for the overspend and says that a stabilisation in the cost of drugs was one factor in keeping spending down.News of the surplus came as acute trusts across Scotland continue to struggle with their finances, with many forecasting record deficits by the end of this year.

Lothian University Hospitals trust in particular has confirmed that it is considering the potential loss of 200 jobs to help cope with a£5.2m overspend.