FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the South of England region are expecting to beat their surplus targets by £5.5m, with a total combined surplus of £241m.

No primary care trusts in the South of England are planning a year-end deficit, according to strategic health authority cluster board papers.

However, one PCT that reported a year-to-date deficit as at 30 November 2011. This was NHS West Sussex, with a £9.3m deficit - £17.8m worse than planned.

“Following the recent NHS Sussex Cluster stock take, the Primary Care Trust Cluster was asked to identify further actions to recover delivery of the financial plan, and this is being addressed in a coordinated way across the local health economy.”