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Stafford health commissioners warn of tough years ahead

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

Stafford health commissioners warn of tough years ahead

TOUGH...Andy Donald warned of difficult decisions

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STAFFORD’S health chief has warned of tough times ahead as commissioners battle a projected £7.1m black hole at the end of this financial year.

As the end of their first year of operation draws near members of Stafford and Surrounds CCG were told auditors had issued a stark prediction of the consequences of future deficits.

Jackie Brown, director of finance, told the board external auditors Grant Thornton had warned that in future years they could be referred to the secretary of state if they posted a deficit although they were exempt this year as it’s their first year of operation.

“This is absolutely critical now that in the next 12 months we get our house in order,” she said. “We need to balance our books but we need to go a long way to proving we can do this job.”

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Among the major drains on the CCG’s finances are Stafford and Cannock Hospitals with a current overspend of £307,000, projected to rise to £335,000.

The CCG has also overspent on the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by £408,000 with a projected end of year figure of £445,000.

Chief executive Andy Donald said non-emergency ambulances had contributed £200,000 to the deficit. The service is commissioned for the group by another CCG.

Ms Brown said: “We can’t rely on other organisations to lead for us. We need to make sure we scrutinise every area of spending we have.”

Mr Donald said: “The next two years are going to be really, really tough. We are going to have to make some really difficult decisions to get back into financial balance.”

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  • Staffpatient  |  March 22 2014, 1:33PM

    So UHNS overspends and it is the residents of Stafford and the Surrounds who have to lose vital services……..that is quite CLEAR Mr Donald! Now lets make this quite CLEAR….many will refuse, like me to use UHNS, many can't AFFORD to use UHNS! A swift rethink is needed, the figures do not add up, what it is costing to dismantle our services so UHNS can survive is immoral when Stafford needs much less than that that! What price can you put on the lives of children and pregnant women or can't you because we don't hear anything much about the NEEDS of patients, all we hear are figures that do not add up! DELIBERATE UNDERFUNDING IN ORDER TO DESTROY!! It's time to come clean…….UHNS can't cope, ambulance services can't cope and that is the TRUTH!!

  • Barry Davies  |  March 22 2014, 1:27PM

    There is no overspend just deliberate underfunding of the NHS as a whole in the next round of the lets privatise the NHS because we have seen how privatising the gas electric and water pushed down the cost to the public, well at least the people who get it paid for them by the public MP's that is.

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