Group is forecasting a £6m budget deficit

Concerns have been raised over a health group’s budget.

NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is warning of severe financial pressures for the local NHS annual budget.

We are confident the budget will be balanced again and will keep the financial position under review.

Dr John Matthews, a local GP and Chair of NHS North Tyneside CCG

The CCG, which has an annual budget of £288m, has warned that despite close monitoring and measures to manage financial pressures, it is forecasting a deficit of £6.4m for this financial year.

Dr John Matthews, a local GP and chairman of NHS North Tyneside CCG, said: “Last year we were very successful in managing a number of financial challenges, but this year we have faced even greater pressures.

“Demand for services has increased year-round, and a particularly pressured winter saw a significant increase in urgent and hospital care for frail and older people.

“I’d like to reassure patients that we identified these pressures early and have already put clear plan in place to manage them.

“These changes will bring cost savings in a number of areas, but will take time to implement and are a longer term solution to the financial challenges faced.

“We are confident the budget will be balanced again and will keep the financial position under review.”

“We have worked to renegotiate a number of contracts to ensure value for money and a seamless transition for people moving between NHS-funded healthcare and social care, which is commissioned by local authorities.

“Another key step has been to develop new models of care to support our most frail patients in a focused and proactive way.”

The CCG is made up of 29 GP practices in the borough, including doctors, nurses and other health professionals, supported by experienced health service managers, and is responsible for planning, choosing and buying services, making sure they are responsive to the needs of local people.

The practices work together, alongside partners in North Tyneside Council, other NHS providers, the community and voluntary sectors, to improve the health of communities throughout North Tyneside.