East of England Ambulance Service Trust has posted a year to date deficit of £2.5m after it overspent on private and voluntary ambulance services, according to trust board papers.

The finance report discussed at the trust’s September meeting said the trust had an adverse variance of £3.3m because it had forecast a £0.7m surplus.

Performance improved in August with the trust delivering £0.5m surplus, £0.3m above plan, after it netted £800,000 in non-recurrent additional income.

The paper said: “The adverse variance of £3.3m comprises: £2.6m net overspend on [private ambulance services], £1.4m provision for performance penalties, £0.8m income reduction from lower activity and £1.2m due to contractual issues in Primary Care/111; offset by £0.8m non-recurrent income, £0.9m of unallocated reserves and combined underspends of £1.0m.”