FINANCE: South of Tyne and Wear PCT cluster has fallen behind on two quality, innovation, productivity and prevention schemes, according to an NHS North of England board paper.

Two schemes in the cluster are marked “delayed - red”. They are “delays in the tendering and procurement of its carpal tunnel service”; and “underperformance of its medicines management action plan in one PCT which is not expected to be recovered by the year end”. The board paper says: “They are in the process of identifying a recovered financial position.”

Despite this, the SHA’s overall assessment of the cluster’s QIPP savings is a “green” rating.