FINANCE: The primary care trust has cut its planned surplus for 2010/11 to £1.63m, down from £3.63m.

A report to NHS Central Lancashire’s January board meeting said that the reduction, agreed with the strategic health authority, reflected the additional costs it would incurr through “organisational changes”.

Its financial performance was under “significant and continuing financial pressures”, including over-performance of acute services providers, and overspending on individual packages of care, it added.

The report stated: “Work continues to be undertaken to identify further savings possible across all functions to ensure financial balance in 2010/11. There are more than 20 savings schemes that aim to deliver further savings in the last quarter of the financial year.”