Health overspend reduces

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

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

That figure has now further reduced to £681,000, as of October 31, although an 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 has not yet been incorporated in the forecasts.

‘Plans are currently in development for the service delivery and spend.’