FINANCE: NHS Worcestershire is reporting a £3.1m overspend on Continuing Care due to a growth in client numbers compared to 2010-11.

A report to September’s board states: “General client numbers have increased and there have been a significant number of transitional clients coming through to adulthood from learning disabilities.

“In addition there has been a change to the requirements of a substantial number of clients within the physical disability group resulting in increased expenditure on equipment such as ventilators,” it adds.

Despite the overspend, the trust had a £1.1m suplus at the end of month four and was on course to achieve a £3.4m surplus at year end.