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CCG proposes diverting better care fund money back to hospital

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A Yorkshire clinical commissioning group has proposed moving better care fund money back into the local hospital sector which is experiencing a financial crisis.

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A financial rescue plan published by Vale of York CCG this week said the funding must be diverted in order to fund the levels of activity being experienced by York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust.

The plan, drawn up on the instructions of NHS England, contains proposals to produce £5.9m in savings by the end of 2015-16, including further efficiencies from primary care.

Local GPs have opposed the plan. Last week doctors from 30 practices made a statement of “no confidence” in the CCG’s financial management. They said frontline services would suffer as a result of the CCG’s plans.

In a paper presented at the CCG’s governing body meeting, leaders spoke of the CCG’s inability to “fully invest additional health funding into the better care fund in 2015-16”.

The rescue plan also requires savings to be made in prescribing and the holding back of a local GP funding scheme referred to as the “GP innovation fund”.

The CCG has requested that primary care identifies a further £830,000 in additional savings to prescribing budgets by the end of 2015-16.

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