North Yorkshire’s health watchdog has written to the Prime Minister and Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, to raise concerns about the state of NHS finances locally.
At the last meeting of the Scrutiny of Health Committee members agreed to write to the very top of Government after hearing that in 2017/18 the total deficit incurred by the four Clinical Commissioning Groups that cover most of the North Yorkshire population was £46 million. The projected deficit for the current year is likely to amount to at least £31 million.
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Cllr Jim Clark, Chair of the Scrutiny of Health Committee, stated:
We are so concerned that we have taken the unusual decision to write directly to the Prime Minister. We want to be assured that any additional funding for health services is subject to robust audit to help ensure that it is used effectively and efficiently and not just to provide a temporary stop-gap for local deficits.
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