FINANCE: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust was overspent on its contract with commissioners by £1.5m after 10 months of the financial year.

This is “an increase compared to the position reported at December of £0.3m”, according to a finance report from the NHS Kent and Medway primary care trust cluster.

It stated: “The increased cost of radiotherapy fractions continues to put this budget under pressure. Discussions are continuing with the trust over a proposed new pricing structure and also to release efficiency savings.

“It is hoped that once implemented, these revisions to the contract will move the expenditure closer to budget by the end of the financial year.”