Extra cash for NHS but we’ll actually get less

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The government’s budget promise to spend more on the NHS will actually result in our area getting less than originally thought, according to the local governing body.

Members of the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, which organises the delivery of NHS services in the Skegness area, were told at January’s meeting that they would not be receiving any of the additional funding announced in the Autumn statement.

The CCG will receive £316,472,000 this year to pay for healthcare services for a registered population of 249,877 people.

This is up by 2.2 per cent from 2014/15, which saw it get £309,657,000 for 246,646 registered patients.

However, it is £21,000 less than the ‘indicative allocation’ announced in December 2013.

The group was told that the fall in expected funding is to move them closer to their target. The CCG was over-funded last year according to Government statistics.

The new lower funding figure will mean we get £1,267 per head, still 0.96 per cent above target as opposed to 2.96 higher last year.

CCG member Stephen Baird said: “It’s a bit disappointing and not quite the way it was represented.”

He said the formula ‘smacked of being unfair’ and failed to consider some issues, including the number elderly people with high rates of disease.

Chairman Brynnen Massey said it was hard to 
believe the area was ‘overfunded’ with member Andrew Rix saying the area was underfunded 10 years ago and he did not see how it had changed.

Brenda Owen, also of the CCG, said it was still not ‘absolutely clear’ what number of people use our services.

She said: “I just want to flag it up because it could be that it isn’t taken into account and nothing seems to be happening to rectify it.”

She was told MPs were aware of the situation but added: “They have been well aware for years now.

“Nothing seems to be done about it.”

Sandra Wiliamson the group’s finance officer said last year the group received two years allocation and it was deemed that in the new allocation, they were over target.

She said it was decided that the group received less investment to bring them closer to target and that although originally the plan was to carry this out over several years, NHS England had done it in one.