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Potential cash black hole for NHS North Yorkshire and York


8:45am 20th June 2012

The Board of NHS North Yorkshire and York will be meeting on 26 June to discuss the projected £19m deficit it has formally posted with the Department of Health for 2012/13.

Since the formation of the PCT in 2006, NHS North Yorkshire and York has received significant financial support from the Strategic Health Authority to ensure it achieves financial balance. However, this year that funding is no longer available.

The historical debt, along with a range of other factors including the relatively low funding allocation per head of population, the diverse geography of the county and a continued overspend on contracts, has resulted in a significant financial challenge.

In light of these factors, in conjunction with NHS North of England and the newly emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) the PCT is developing a turnaround plan to ensure it can deliver safe, sustainable and affordable services for the future. The plan will involve working with partners from across health and social care on a number of key workstreams, aimed at transforming how services are delivered in North Yorkshire and York.

Christopher Long, Chief Executive for NHS North Yorkshire and York said:

“The PCT has been in serious financial difficulty for a number of years and this must be addressed in order for us to protect the future of the region’s health economy.  

“The way services are currently delivered in North Yorkshire and York is not sustainable and we must look to new ways of working to ensure the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are in the best possible position when they take over commissioning responsibilities in April 2013.

“We know there will be some difficult decisions to make over the coming months. However, we want to reassure the public that providing high quality sustainable services remains our top priority.

“We are fully committed to the “no decision about me, without me” vision and, together with the emerging CCGs, will be engaging fully with patients, carers and the public around what can and can’t be achieved within allocated resources.”  

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