FINANCE: The primary care trust will have to find savings of £15m in 2011/12 to break even for the year, draft plans forecast.

The PCT’s draft operational plan for the coming financial year anticipates that its expenditure will increase by £22.5m, but its gross available funds will rise by just £7.5m.

It proposes to find nearly half the proposed savings (£7.4m) from reduced spending on secondary care. Community care services would have the second highest savings target by cash value (£1.45m) followed by primary care services (£1.41m).

A final operational plan will be developed, and presented to the board on 30 March 2011.