FINANCE: North of Tyne commissioners are overspending on their contract with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust by £10.5m.

The overspend at month seven was split between £5.1m for Newcastle PCT, £3.3m for North Tyneside PCT and £2.1m for Northumberland Care Trust.

Meanwhile, the PCTs’ contract with Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust is overspent by £0.8m at month seven.