FINANCE: The Black Country Cluster of PCTs looks set to report a year-end surplus of £22.3m.

In it’s latest board meeting, the cluster board was told the region had returned the surplus despite over-performance at acute providers.

The most significant overperformance was reported at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust with £3.2m; Walsall Manor Hospital with £3.6m and Dudley Group of Hospitals with £2.4m.

The report said: “All four Black Country PCTs have delivered a surplus which is slightly in excess of the control total agreed with the strategic health authority, and represents a significant achievement during a time of considerable change.”

An extra £10m is also expected on the cluster’s QIPP Programme with savings of £110m against the target of £100m.

“This again is a significant achievement and has contributed to ensuring that the successor organisations begin operating in a healthy financial position,” the report added.