HSCP in £1.7m over­spend

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

The North Ayr­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (HSCP), which pro­vides com­mu­nity-based health and so­cial care ser­vices on Ar­ran and across North Ayr­shire, is ex­pected to over­spend by £1.7 mil­lion this year.

This is in ad­di­tion to the £5.8 mil­lion it al­ready owes North Ayr­shire Coun­cil, ac­cord­ing to a bud­get up­date re­port pre­sented to the North Ayr­shire In­te­gra­tion Joint Board.

The part­ner­ship in­cludes NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil, third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­de­pen­dent care or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The pro­jected over­spend will fol­low a pat­tern of over­spend­ing for three years in a row – which has been blamed on de­mand for ser­vices.

Part­ner­ship direc­tor Stephen Brown said the over­spend was caused by ‘de­mand for ser­vices out­weigh­ing the avail­able re­sources’ and pointed to care home place­ments, respite pro­vi­sion, looked-af­ter chil­dren, learn­ing dis­abil­ity care pack­ages and men­tal health ser­vices as ex­am­ples.

He re­ported: ‘Sig­nif­i­cant changes need to be de­liv­ered through the in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care ser­vices, and this needs to work along­side sig­nif­i­cant con­straints on fi­nan­cial re­sources.

‘The part­ner­ship faces chal­lenges to deliver more ser­vices to more peo­ple and the avail­able fund­ing is not keep­ing pace with the cost of ser­vice de­liv­ery.’

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment plugs gaps if NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran over­spends but that does not ap­ply to the part­ner­ship.

The bud­get up­date re­port stated: ‘Fi­nan­cial bal­ance has not been de­liv­ered in previous years and in the new fi­nan­cial year there is a pro­jected over­spend po­si­tion.’

The North Ayr­shire HSCP was al­lo­cated a bud­get of £230 mil­lion for the fi­nan­cial year.

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