Min­i­mum wait­ing times to be brought in for treat­ments

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Peter­bor­ough pa­tients will face min­i­mum wait­ing times for non-ur­gent treat­ment in a bid to tackle a ma­jor fi­nan­cial deficit in the lo­cal NHS sys­tem.

Health bosses are to in­tro­duce a min­i­mum wait­ing time of 12 weeks, but they in­sist that the 18 week treat­ment tar­get for ur­gent con­di­tions will still be met.

The mea­sure is part of a Capped Ex­pen­di­ture Process which was in­tro­duced by NHS Eng­land in April for 14 areas of the coun­try fac­ing a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial deficit.

The Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group ex­pects a deficit of £15.5 mil­lion in 2017/18, but only if it makes fi­nan­cial im­prove­ments of £46.4 mil­lion in-year.

A re­port from the CCG says fur­ther cost-cutting will see sup­port given to GP prac­tices not to pre­scribe over the counter medicines and a re­view of medicines of “lim­ited clin­i­cal ef­fec­tive­ness.”

The CCG said the pro­posed mea­sures will “en­able our health econ­omy to achieve the best pos­si­ble clin­i­cal out­comes for the public we serve, whilst en­sur­ing ex­pen­di­ture re­mains within funding lev­els avail­able to the NHS in our area.”

Last Novem­ber, the CCG re­vealed its Sus­tain­abil­ity and Trans­for­ma­tion Plan which aims to tackle an ex­pected £500 mil­lion deficit over the fol­low­ing four years.

This in­cluded merg­ing GP prac­tices. The CCG has also con­cluded a con­sul­ta­tion on re­mov­ing IVF treat­ment, other than for pa­tients un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment and men who have a chronic vi­ral in­fec­tion. The results of the con­sul­ta­tion will be re­vealed soon.

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