FINANCE: NHS Suffolk was overspending on budgets by £2.7m at the end of month five, although its hosted services were significantly underspending improving the ‘bottom line’ figure to a surplus of £2.5m at the end of month five, a board meeting heard.

Spending with most acute providers was above plan, with high cost drugs and specialist acute care adding to the problems. 

The PCT now risks having to use £3.7m of contingency funds unless budgets can be brought back on plans.