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Exclusive: Shock and disappointment as a CCG is placed in legal directions


3 December 2015

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East Surrey clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been placed under legal directions as it has not maintained financial balance.
 
Former chair of East Surrey CCG, Dr Joe McGilligan, expressed his anger at hearing the news almost a year to the day since he stepped down.
 

East Surrey clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been placed under legal directions as it has not maintained financial balance.
 
Former chair of East Surrey CCG, Dr Joe McGilligan, expressed his anger at hearing the news almost a year to the day since he stepped down.
 
“It’s deeply disappointing that all the work the CCG has done has come to this. But we are judged on financial balance not on quality of care,” said McGilligan, Local Government Association health and wellbeing champion and Surrey GP, in an exclusive interview with The Commissioning Review.

The CCG is now working alongside NHS England to oversee the improvements needed.


McGilligan put the failure to control finances down to an inherited primary care trust debt of £5.9 million, the costly success of the local hospital, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trusts and the “unfair” funding formula which looks at deprivation rather than the cost associated with an elderly population when calculating CCG allocations.

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