Health overspend reduces

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A forecast overspend by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership for the financial year has halved in three months, a report has revealed.

An overspend of £1.4million was forecast by the partnership (HSCP) at the end of July, while an update in August reduced it to £0.8m.

That figure has now reduced to £681,000 as of October 31 although a HSCP officer admitted it remained of concern.

James Gow, the HSCP’s head of finance and transformation, said in the report: ‘There are a number of services where material overspends are forecast and action is being taken to address these and make compensating changes to manage financial performance in line with the budget.

‘Additionally, the government has provided increased funding for this winter which have not yet been incorporated in the forecasts. Plans are currently in development for the service delivery and spend.

‘There is on-going engagement with the council and NHS Highland to ensure an effective approach is being taken to manage the in-year and medium-term position.’