FINANCE: The Birmingham and Solihull primary care trust cluster’s financial forecast has improved by £5m, but it is still predicting a £14m overspend by the end of 2012-13.

The forecast is £18m short of the cluster’s control total surplus.

The cluster’s contract with University Hospitals Birmingham is forecast to overspend by £2m. Overspends in accident and emergency and emergency inpatients are partially offset by an underspend in elective inpatients.

The overall forecast position on community services is described as “more favourable”

All the cluster’s clinical commissioning groups are expected to overspend in 2012-13, although the forecast outturn position for each has improved, with the exception of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.

Board papers said: “Factors impacting on the PCT positions are behind the improvement, with the worsening position at SWB accounted for largely because of a higher overspend on corporate costs attributable to this CCG.”

The total year-end deficit is estimated at £13.6m, an overspend of £17.6m, which is still around £5m better than a month ago.