FINANCE: NHS Norfolk is overspending on continuing healthcare due to “continued growth in patient numbers”, despite a £5m increase in its budget.

The primary care trust’s finance report for July said there had been an overspend of £0.4m on CHC in the first two months of 2011-12.

It said: “This shortfall is due to continued growth in patient numbers at a higher level than was reflected in the financial plan, and reinforces the need for continued tight control on the unit costs of packages.”

It said executive-level reviews were taking place of all new packages of care costing £800 or more per week.