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Largest CCG under new legal directions as deficit grows

Largest CCG under new legal directions as deficit grows

NHS England has imposed legal directions on the country’s largest CCG as it faces a cumulative deficit of £120.5m
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NHS England has imposed legal directions on the country’s largest CCG as it faces a cumulative deficit of £120.5m.

The legal directions, which were laid out in the CCG’s board papers, require the organisation’s recovery plan, and any changes to it, to be approved by NHS England.

Under the directions, NHS England is also given the power to appoint people to the CCG’s executive team and make any decision relating to financial recovery on behalf of the CCG.

These directions replace earlier directions from 2015, when the CCG first entered the success regime in 2015.

NHS North, East and West Devon CCG has been told to submit an operating plan for 2017/18 by today, which will be reviewed by NHS England and NHS Improvement directors later this month.

The governing body papers for May said: ‘The deficit was short of the approved control total as the savings in 2016/17 could not be increased any further without having a severe impact on patient care.’

As part of the region’s sustainability and transformation plan, the CCG has planned to cut the number of inpatient beds across four community hospitals from 143 to 72.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Hospitals Trust has implemented its own financial improvement programme in an effort to save £40m through workforce redesign.

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