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19 CCGs ended up in deficit in 2014/15

NHS England has admitted that 19 CCGs ended up in with deficits in the 2014/15 financial year.

Speaking at NHS England’s board meeting today, chief financial officer Paul Baumann said that ‘recovery plans have been discussed and are now in place’ for those CCGs.

Individual CCG performance varied considerably, with the 10 CCGs who spent the least delivering a combined underspend of £155m, while the 10 CCGs who spent the most delivered a combined overspend of £171m.

Overall, across the 211 CCGs, there was a small underspend of £151m. However, there was a ‘slight overspend’ in the CCG sector in total if the deferral of liabilities to future years is stripped away, Mr Baumann said, despite concerted efforts to control spending.

Ed Smith, chair of NHS England’s Audit Commission, said: ‘CCGs are quite thinly stretched in terms of their oversight and governance, we need to watch that.’

This follows the news that NHS Bedfordshire CCG is currently running a £43m deficit.

As a result, NHS England has been forced to step in and impose a series of legal measures, such as implementing a financial recovery plan and overseeing board appointments.

Readers' comments (8)

  • Given the overall underspend, doesn't this suggest that funding allocation is wrong?

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  • Inner city CCG's have historically been better funded than outer city ones

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  • The NHS waste is incredible.
    For example: DNA GP consult, DNA hospital appointment, prescribing nonsense OTC drugs, pathology blood requests e.g. repeat vit D, data duplication schemes. The common bread and butter is ignored.

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  • practice manager at 5.13pm. You really should be hired by the CCG's. They don't listen to on the ground bread and butter GPs about these things, and believe me this has been expressed millions of times around the country. perhaps they might listen to you?

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  • Editor: Name and Shame the CCGs, and the deficit ammount please.

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  • CCG Clinical officers in bands of 200k, Operations Managers, chiefs also in similar range- mismanagement galore. Or was it underfunding from the start? We'll just have to wait and see

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  • @6.26am - see first comment
    Are you assuming CCGs, GPs and their sick patients are to blame rather than considering the possibility that whatever funding calculation guess was used was incompatible with the real world?

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  • CCGs are being set up by the gov to take the blame for cuts in NHS care. If there are surpluses in some areas and deficits inothers, assuming no corruption, then just redistribute the money!

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