FINANCE: The renegotiating of contracts with commissioners has seen Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust report an in month surplus of £199,000 at the end of January, reducing the year to date deficit to £781,000.

A report to March’s board said the improved position had been achieved after negotiating additional income for contract over performance.

The report said NHS Worcestershire had agreed £750,000 for over performance based on month 10 activity, £750,000 winter pressures funding to cover premium cost and £1m from the reversal of an IMT funding reduction for the IT shared services programme.

The report said a position had been agreed in principle with NHS Herefordshire and NHS Shropshire and discussions are continuing with NHS Warwickshire and NHS Solihull.

The forecast out-turn remains at a breakeven position for 2011-12.