“Since publishing our review of services, we have received a large number of submissions and new information from a number of organisations and we think it is right that we give our Governing Body more time to consider the new information and we seek clarifications if necessary. The CCG Governing Body are expecting to meet again on 16 July to review all this information.
“Funding for healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is under unprecedented pressure. We are currently buying more than we can afford, overspending by more than £1 million pounds a week, which means we need to make some difficult decisions about the services we can afford to provide in the future. Our funding allocation is also not keeping up with population growth or demand and we are working with our local representatives to lobby government for a review of the NHS funding formula. Other CCGs in our regions receive considerably more that we do, for example West Norfolk receives more than £350 per person than we do.
“Our total NHS system financial deficit this year is almost £200 million. The CCG has a budget of £1.3 billion but we still need to make significant savings. Much of this will be through work with our providers, with minimal impact on patients but around £33 million will need to be found to deliver even a planned deficit of £75 million.
“We will be doing this by changing the way we provide some services, removing duplication, and there will be some services that we will need to stop.
“To help us meet this ongoing financial challenge, later this month we will be launching a Big Conversation with members of our community, clinicians, providers and stakeholders, to enable us to fully understand their needs and priorities going forward. This information will help to inform how we invest our limited funds in the future. It’s our way of opening up the challenges we face and collectively working together to find the right solutions – putting patients at the heart of our decision-making processes.”
The Big Conversation is due to launch in late July.
Dr Gary Howsam, Clinical Chair of the CCG