£1.3 million cuts needed for Bolton health services to break even

Su Long, chief officer at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group

Su Long, chief officer at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

HEALTH chiefs will need to make further cuts of more than £1.3 million if they are to break even this year.

The increasing number of people visiting A&E is said to be adding to the financial pressure faced by health services in Bolton.

Commissioners in charge of allocating money for services must save £4.7 million this financial year if they are to invest in community services.

Yet new figures show cost-cutting measures introduced last year are not on track to hit the savings target.

“Over optimistic” savings predictions and rising emergency hospital admissions are to blame for the gap, say health chiefs.

Su Long, chief officer at the NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added: “The schemes we had planned at the beginning of the year have not delivered fast enough for several reasons.

“Some of the projected savings were based on national projects in other areas of the country. However the local tariffs in the area do not match those nationally, therefore not making the same savings.

“Emergency admissions have been going up in Bolton in line with the national trend and this has had an impact on our savings too.

"Bolton CCG is working with the hospital to find what groups of people are going to A&E and why the numbers are going up.”

The CCG set up the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) plan to improve the quality of health care in Bolton and save money.

The latest QIPP trajectories show a £1.390 million gap in the savings plan — meaning the CCG could have to make further cuts.

But the CCG says it is still on track financially and is already working on new saving schemes.

Bolton CCG has also been granted £1.8 million in “resilience funding” to prepare for winter pressures at the hospital.

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11:39am Tue 2 Sep 14

thomas222 says...

Nice smile she has musnt have tried the food.
Nice smile she has musnt have tried the food. thomas222
  • Score: -2

12:03pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Blackrod says...

Need to fine A&E time wasters, especially the ones who call an ambulance without need.
Need to fine A&E time wasters, especially the ones who call an ambulance without need. Blackrod
  • Score: 5

12:10pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Blackrod says...

Also need to cut interpreters and get family in. There's leaflets in every language and don't get this service in other countries. Live in England speak English. Use computer interpreter for specifics, it's free.
Also need to cut interpreters and get family in. There's leaflets in every language and don't get this service in other countries. Live in England speak English. Use computer interpreter for specifics, it's free. Blackrod
  • Score: 5

12:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

miroku says...

Looking at the Bolton CCG accounts for 2013-14, the first six members of it's board accounted for over £400,000 in salaries and fees.
Not difficult to see why there's a shortfall in funding.
Looking at the Bolton CCG accounts for 2013-14, the first six members of it's board accounted for over £400,000 in salaries and fees. Not difficult to see why there's a shortfall in funding. miroku
  • Score: 5

7:04pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Peter 1958 says...

The complete lack of any walk in centre could be one reason A&E is packed.
It was obvious to anyone that has used one,that closer would mean people going to the only alternative left to them.
Cut services as much as you like,people still need medical advice and treatment,when the Doctors surgery is closed.
These people that run the service,really do need to wake up and walk out,as they are clearly not up to the challenge.
The complete lack of any walk in centre could be one reason A&E is packed. It was obvious to anyone that has used one,that closer would mean people going to the only alternative left to them. Cut services as much as you like,people still need medical advice and treatment,when the Doctors surgery is closed. These people that run the service,really do need to wake up and walk out,as they are clearly not up to the challenge. Peter 1958
  • Score: 2

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