FINANCE: Mid Essex PCT has delivered management cost savings mainly through reducing the use of external consultants, with some savings coming from voluntary redundancies.

The PCT’s finance report said it had been asked by the strategic health authority, NHS East of England, to make £1.9m or 15 per cent reductions in 2010-11, “in line with the government’s commitment to reducing NHS management costs by 45 per cent”.

It said: “The savings are being delivered by reducing the use of external consultants/professional services compared to 2009-10, and by holding vacancies where possible in preparation for likely restructuring/co-operation with other PCTs.”

The report also said £361,000 was saved in the year from the Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS).