Funding gap sparks call for open debate

By Ian Dipple Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 09:44

Latest News

Buy photos » Picture by Marcus Mingins 0414017MMR2

CONTINUING to deliver services the way they are now will leave the county’s NHS facing a £300million funding gap in five years time.

The total is Worcestershire’s share of the national £30billion gap expected to grow by 2020/21 if health bosses just do nothing.

NHS chief executive David Nicholson has called for an honest debate about the future shape of the NHS in order to meet rising demand, introduce new technology and meet the expectations of patients.

In Worcestershire health chiefs say in order to meet the new financial challenge they will need to work more closely together to transform the way care is delivered and do things differently. But they admit it is not yet clear how that will be achieved.

Simon Hairsnape, chief officer for Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, admitted filling the gap would be a challenge to both providers and commissioners particularly with the focus on improving out of hospital care and reducing reliance on care and residential homes.

“The way the provider financial challenge is delivered is usually through lower prices being set for the same levels of activity so around providers becoming more efficient, delivering the same for less money,” he told a meeting of Worcestershire’s Health and Well-Being Board.

The Better Care Fund will help drive the ongoing work to deliver change and from 2015/16 will see parts of existing health and social care budgets pooled together to provide at least £37.1million to join up care.

But Dr Carl Ellson, South Worcestershire CCG’s chief clinical officer, warned they needed to be cautious about what could be achieved.

“Since the Better Care Fund was raised several months ago we have constantly said it’s not new money.

“The Royal College of GPs has come out and said some of this money should be directed to primary care and we just need to be realistic about raising expectations we can’t deliver over the coming years.”

Share This

Popular »

1 Tributes paid to KCA man

2 Warning to drivers after Alvechurch car-jacking

3 Family of Eve Cullen pay tribute

4 Arson could be linked to other fires

5 West Mercia Police to trial new stop and search scheme

More news »

No charges for Bright Kids worker

A MEMBER of staff arrested at a Crabbs

Redditch flies the flag for the Commonwealth

A SPECIAL flag has been raised above Redditch

Redditch store wins national award

REDDITCH now boasts the best small convenience store

Man fined for benefits fraud

A MAN who carried on claiming benefits while

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Bromsgrove couple launch campaign to fund £50k cancer drugs

A COUPLE are facing a fight to find £50,000 worth ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Drivers in hospital after Clifford Chambers crash

A WOMAN had to be airlifted to hospital after a ...

Evesham Observer
Volunteers hailed for Arts Centre success story

EVESHAM Arts Centre's enthusiastic volunteers have been hailed as one ...