FINANCE: The Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth primary care trust cluster expects to save £10.2m through medicines management this year.

Cluster board papers reveal that that equates to a saving of 3.8 per cent in 2012-13 compared to the year before.

The best performing clinical commissioning groups were Portsmouth, South Eastern Hampshire, and Southampton, who were forecasting savings of 5.7 per cent, 5.1 per cent and 4.9 per cent respectively.

Overall, the number of “prescription items” is increasing year on year, by 3.8 per cent across England as a whole.