Pool loses sub­stan­tial funds

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Thou­sands of pounds of fund­ing has been cut from the St Ge­orge’s Hy­drother­apy Pool, with no money avail­able for GP re­fer­rals.

The Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil-run fa­cil­ity in Dogsthorpe Road has lost the en­tirety of its £10,000 fund­ing from the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG).

Tracy Dowl­ing, chief of­fi­cer at the CCG, said: “Tak­ing into ac­count our cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, the high vol­ume of peo­ple self-fund- ing with­out a GP re­fer­ral, and that there is no clin­i­cal pol­icy in place, the CCG has ul­ti­mately taken the de­ci­sion not to con­trib­ute to the fund­ing of the hy­drother­apy pool, and not to com­mis­sion the ser­vice for GP re­fer­rals.”

The CCG will con­sider fund­ing pa­tients in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances.

The coun­cil is look­ing to de­crease its £20,000 bud­get for St Ge­orge’s to zero from 2019/20 when it be­lieves it will beat worst break­ing even.

Adrian Chap­man, ser­vice di­rec­tor with re­spon­si­bil­ity for adult ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ties at the coun­cil, said new ser­vices at St Ge­orge’s in­clud­ing phys­io­ther­apy ses­sions had in­creased its in­come.

He added “We are not re­liant upon the CCG’s fund­ing to en­sure the hy­drother­apy pool can con­tinue op­er­at­ing.”

The coun­cil had planned to shut the hy­drother­apy pool in 2014 due to bud­get cuts. How­ever, over 3,000 peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion to keep the fa­cil­ity open, prompt­ing a U-turn by the cab­i­net.

The hy­drother­apy pool

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