FINANCE: NHS Wiltshire is no longer able to make a £6.5m surplus by the end of the financial year and has reduced its forecast to £2m.

This means it will not be able to pay off as much of its debt with strategic health authority, NHS South West, as it planned.

A report to the board said that at mid-year it had overspent on commissioning by £3.7m. It has now agreed a contact with Salisbury Foundation Trust at £92.5m which has led to a transfer from reserves into this budget. A contract with Royal United Hospital Bath Trust had still not been finalised.

The PCT has also flagged up £7m of its £17m quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings may not be achieved.