I am very concerned at the financial deterioration of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which today has reported a previously agreed annual deficit of £15.5 million has more than tripled to £48.2 million.
The CCG is under legal direction from NHS England, which is also responsible for setting the deficit target. Yet NHS England has not communicated this deterioration to me, at any point, either as constituency MP or Health Minister.
I understand that since Christmas the CCG has spent an additional £210,000 on management consultants PwC. Last year the CCG spent £1.1 million with McKinsey Consultants according to their annual report to ‘help them deliver on their financial recovery plan’.
The CCG, under NHS England’s direction, state this tripling of the deficit is due to its failure to deliver on its plans in relation to managing demand for services, and also because it has identified a significant backlog of unaddressed continuous care cases for which no explanation has so far been provided.
I have spoken with NHS England today to seek urgent answers and they have committed to providing a detailed explanation. I understand two directors at the CCG, the Nursing Director and the Finance Director, both left at Christmas.
The Chief Executive of the CCG left in August, to move to be Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust. It remains unclear what these executives knew regarding the back log of continuous care cases.