Cut­ting health ser­vices peo­ple rely on to save money

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Last year IVF treat­ment in Peter­bor­ough and Cam­bridgeshire was cut, bar­ring two ex­cep­tions, for all residents.

But, the £700,000 of sav­ings that brought is a drop in the ocean com­pared to the ad­di­tional money our health ser­vices would have if they re­ceived the same lev­els of fund­ing per per­son as the English av­er­age.

The Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) - which is re­spon­si­ble for hos­pi­tal and emer­gency care, and com­mu­nity and men­tal health ser­vices - re­ceives the fourth low­est amount of fund­ing per per­son out of all 207 CCGs in Eng­land.

Our CCG said that if it re­ceived the same rate of fund­ing as the na­tional av­er­age, it would have had an ad­di­tional £30.3 mil­lion a year to spend on ser­vices in the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

A spokesper­son said: “His­tor­i­cally, Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough has faced fund­ing chal­lenges. In 2017/18 the CCG re­ceived 2.94 per cent (£30.3 mil­lion) be­low its tar­get al­lo­ca­tion for pro­gramme costs ex­clud­ing del­e­gated com­mis­sion­ing for GPs.

“The pop­u­la­tion of Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough is grow­ing rapidly. Our pop­u­la­tion is di­verse, it is age­ing, and it has sig­nif­i­cant in­equal­i­ties. There are also more peo­ple with long term con­di­tions, such as di­a­betes, and there are higher lev­els of obesity.

“How­ever, we do have a bud­get of £1 bil­lion to spend on health­care and as a sys­tem we want to work more closely to man­age these fi­nan­cial pres­sures. We also need the pub­lic’s help to use health and so­cial care re­sources wisely.”

Adrian Marr, di­rec­tor of fi­nance for NHS Eng­land Mid­lands and East, said: “Fund­ing for CCGs varies across the coun­try but is linked to the par­tic­u­lar health needs of their pop­u­la­tion.

“This fund­ing is re­viewed each year by the NHS Eng­land board and al­lo­ca­tions ad­justed ac­cord­ingly. All fund­ing al­lo­ca­tions are pub­lished once they have been agreed.”

Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal

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