FINANCE: Portsmouth clinical commissioning group ended 2012-13 in surplus despite overspending on its major acute contract.

Board papers for April reveal that the organisation saved more money than expected on prescribing, and released £3.3m of contingency funds.

The CCG’s main hospital contract, with Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, was £3.1m over plan.

While efficiency schemes on non elective and cancer services were behind plan, but these shortfalls were offset by over achievement in continuing care and prescribing.

The year to date position was a £2.3m surplus.