By Ian Dipple Friday 06 September 2013 Updated: 06/09 10:10
THE ORGANISATION responsible for buying in healthcare services in Redditch and Bromsgrove could lose up to £3million of its budget in a funding dispute.
Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, along with others in South Worcestershire and Wyre Forest, have had £10million removed from their budgets by NHS England, as it has been deemed the money should be spent on specialised services.
Although CCGs, made up of local doctors, are responsible for deciding the provision of the majority of health services, it does not have responsibility for specialist services such as haemophilia and blood and marrow transplantation, which are commissioned separately on a region wide basis.
Finance chiefs across the three Worcestershire CCGs are currently disputing the figure but as a result Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG has reduced the £1.8million surplus it planned to make by the end of the financial year to £200,000, meaning it would fail to meet NHS England’s expectation all CCGs deliver a one per cent surplus. However even that is based on clawing back £1.5million of the lost money.
In a recent letter to Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Lesley Murphy, director for NHS England in Worcestershire, warned unless the matter was resolved quickly the organisation could be ‘moving along the path into a financial recovery process’.
Mary Walters, chief finance officer for Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, called the move prudent and said they were still on course to deliver their legal obligation to break even.
“Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, along with the other two CCGs in Worcestershire, have received a reduction to their budget for activity being commissioned elsewhere as it falls under the “specialised services” definition. This figure is currently in dispute and work is being undertaken to clarify what the figure should actually be.”
Brian Hanford, director of finance for NHS England in Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire said they were committed to ensuring the success of the CCG.
“The NHS faces a range of financial challenges and the recent meeting between NHS England and Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG sought to identify potential issues early, in order that they can be addressed appropriately. This is part of our normal and routine assurance process with all CCGs across our area.”
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