Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are planning to increase their spend on community care in 2015/16 by 5% compared to the previous year, the Health Foundation revealed.
This comes after, last year, the Five Year Forward View encouraged efforts to deliver more healthcare out of acute hospitals and closer to home, with the aim of providing better care for patients, cutting the number of unplanned bed days in hospitals and reducing net costs.
On average CCGs are also planning to spend 1% more on mental health, and reduce their spending on acute care for a second year running, by 1.8% compared to last year, the report revealed.
Breaking this down, around 75% of CCGs are planning to spend more on mental health and primary care, 65% plan to increase spending on community services and 30% are planning to increase their spending on acute services.
The report, A perfect storm,also stated that NHS England’s reported underspend of 0.4% (£372m) was mostly made up of underspends from CCGs (0.3%, £182m), along with direct commissioning (0.1%, £172m) and administration and central programming (£173m).
There was a surplus across all CCGs, but 10% (22) reported a deficit for the year, rising to 17% (35) by the second quarter of 2015/16.
See the full report here.