The CCGs are currently not in debt, but they are at risk of spending in this financial year more than is in their budget by £13m - unless further efficiencies can be made.
Dr Ed Garratt, the CCGs’ chief officer said: “While we have predicted financial challenges in previous years, this is the most difficult financial position ever experienced by our CCGs. It is a situation which is being replicated across the country.
“The priority of both CCGs is the commissioning of safe, high-quality health care services which balances the needs of local people and the financial resources available.
“We already work hard to make the NHS pound go as far as possible while maintaining a high standard of care. Suffolk has some of the best clinical outcomes in the country, such as in stroke and cancer, and in general high performing services. Current initiatives include providing more support for patients so they can be better treated at home and avoid an expensive hospital admission, providing additional support for Type 2 diabetes patients so they can better look after their own condition and greater levels of partnership working with the county’s health and social care organisations. Additionally, both CCGs management costs, at 1.6% of our budget, are among the lowest in the country.
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