Cumbria health service providers hit out at potential £60million NHS cuts
Last updated at 11:29, Tuesday, 22 October 2013
THE body responsible for providing health services in Cumbria expressed "significant concern" over potential £60million cuts.
NHS England are currently undertaking a review of the funding allocations for all NHS commissioning bodies, and this includes the future funding available to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), including NHS Cumbria CCG who plan and pay for the majority of NHS funded health care for Cumbria.
In December 2012 the Board of NHS England decided not to apply any changes to the allocation formula for the newly established CCGs for 2013/14.
However, NHS England did agree to commission a review of the allocation formula during 2013/14. In August NHS England launched the “Fundamental Review of Allocations Policy” that covers the local allocation of resources to CCGs.
NHS Cumbria CCG has attended a series of events hosted by NHS England to support the process and NHS Cumbria CCG, alongside other CCGs, have attended and have been working closely with the Public Health team at Cumbria County Council to assess the information provided.
NHS Cumbria CCG Chief Officer, Nigel Maguire said: “It is important to stress that nothing has yet been decided in terms of any change to the allocation process, in terms of either the basis of allocating funds or the pace of change to move from the old to the new.
“Nevertheless, as part of this process NHS England has published information as to what the impact of the change would have been had it been applied last December.
“This does show that the indicative target allocation for NHS Cumbria CCG, had the new approach been adopted in 2013/14, would have been £118 per head less than the allocation announced in December 2012. This equates to a potential 9.9% reduction being in excess of £60 million per annum in cash terms. In general terms the proposed model shows a relative decrease in funding across the North of England compared to other parts of England.
“Clearly this is of significant concern to us as we know that Cumbria faces the burden of supporting the health of a rapidly ageing population in area where vast numbers of our population are located in areas that are geographically isolated from major centres of population, alongside working with our NHS providers in managing the well-publicised clinical and financial challenges that already exist in Cumbria.
“We have already made representations to NHS England around the process in terms of how they approach assessment of baseline funding, how the various NHS funding streams into Cumbria will interact, and concerns that the proposed new formula adequately reflects the cost premium on providing equal opportunity of access to some services inherent in place like Cumbria.
“Also we have highlighted to NHS England the impact that this change in allocation could have on health services in Cumbria should the changes be implemented in a short timescale given the magnitude of funds involved. In addition, we have also sought clarity as to how the policy will be reviewed in future, given that Cumbria’s elderly population is forecast to grow more rapidly that the average for England.
“As the information and details of the financial settlements become clearer then we would want to review the proposed allocations in conjunction with key stakeholders so we can collectively understand the potential impact for Cumbria going forward.
“NHS Cumbria CCG is committed to doing all we can to secure the future of NHS services in Cumbria, and we have already started to consider the potential impact of these changes with NHS and Social Services leaders in Cumbria, and wish to widen the understanding of all these issues across all stakeholders in delivering improved health and healthcare across the county.”
First published at 11:14, Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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This is a shocking story! But I dont know whats worse the story or the fact that you cant be bothered to print the comments that are sent in to your offices? I should know because I wrote one, the NWEM should consider just who side it is when it comes to a disgrace of mismanagement like this as it will ( & have no doubt about it)Effect everyone?
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