FINANCE: The primary care trust will deliver its target surplus of £250,000 for 2010-11, despite having run at a deficit for 10 months of the year, according to its May finance report.

“NHS Warrington has delivered the target surplus of £250k,” the report states. “This is an improvement of £626k from month 11’s position and continues the positive run rate achieved since January 2011.

“This is due to action taken by NHS Warrington and the GP Consortium to implement savings plans and reduce the levels of contract activity.”

In November the commissioner moved to suspend non-urgent GP referrals for eight weeks to bring its deficit into check.

The PCT’s May finance report shows a net overspend of £156,000 for the full financial year on those services which are expected to be handed to GP consortia, and a £97,000 underspend on those services which will go to the National Commissioning Board.

It would not have shown a surplus without a £254,000 underspend on its £1.9m public health budget, and a £55,000 benefit from its “community services unit performance”, the figures show.