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CCG reveals £11m ‘overspend’


1 October 2013

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Oxfordshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) could face an £11 million deficit by April next year.
NHS England may have to step in to keep local hospitals running. 
Five months ago the commissioning group said they hoped to make a £3.2 million surplus this year. 
But the latest figures released reveal that since April the CCG has made a deficit of £3.8 million. 

Oxfordshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) could face an £11 million deficit by April next year.
NHS England may have to step in to keep local hospitals running. 
Five months ago the commissioning group said they hoped to make a £3.2 million surplus this year. 
But the latest figures released reveal that since April the CCG has made a deficit of £3.8 million. 
Dr Stephen Richards, OCCG chief executive, said too many patients were going to hospital, a situation health officials have yet to fully explain.
“The increased activity around both urgent and planned care has exceeded what we anticipated,” he said. “To break even with a surplus of £65,000, we will have fully committed all of our reserves.
“It means that we go into next year in a less than desirable situation, starting from absolute zero and will have to make even more savings.”
Dr Richards added: “In terms of main frontline services, they will be protected. It will be non-frontline services and we will have to have discussions with other authorities and the public.”
He said that the commissioning group is in talks with NHS England about possible solutions, but the next six months are “critical”. 

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