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CCG facing next three years in deficit

A CCG will spend the next three years in financial deficit under a financial recovery plan currently being negotiated with NHS England which should bring it back into the black by 2017/18.

NHS Surrey Downs CCG reported it will post a £10.7m deficit for the end of the 2014/15 financial year, despite a £0.8m underspend on primary care services due to GPs’ success in cutting prescribing.

The CCG’s financial report states the major costs were a £13.3m overspend on acute care, and an unbudgeted ‘resource allocation transfer’ of £4.7m to NHS England.

The Epsom Local Guardian reported that at the board meeting chief finance officer Matthew Wright said: ‘It doesn’t look like we will be expected to recover this deficit.

‘We will need to get back to a recurring balance rather than recover the deficit incurred.’

Earlier this year, Pulse reported that a third of CCG finance leads were concerned about balancing their budgets in 2015/16

Readers' comments (6)

  • Well, if you give the bosses 200k salaries, what else can you expect?

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  • £10.7m???!!! - did someone lose the calculator?
    There should be a name attached to that loss. If a GP wasted £1000 he would be castigated.

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  • Bedfordshire CCG is 40m in deficit!
    But J Hunt in his recent visit to Bedford felt commissioning has improved care

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  • A 90 year old frail lady had diarrhoea
    Taken in hospital aki
    6 weeks and bed bound
    Who pays for all normal tests

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  • The total deficit is meaningless unless the size of the CCG is known. £10, million deficit per year for 300,000 patients isn't too bad.
    There are several other CCG`s with more deficits per head of population covered.
    Can PULSE Editor do an article with published deficits of various CCG`s and their population served and thereby calculate the deficit per head of population?
    Many of these are unpreventable but some may have some element of incompetence or even worse as additional cause.

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  • The GPs always wanted the GP-led model of service provision. This is what happens when GPs who are primarily doctors put their finger into financial affairs.

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