The Government has today announced allocations for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country.
CCGs are the GP-led bodies which are responsible for a large chunk of the NHS budget and, as their name implies, commission elective hospital care; urgent and emergency care; community health services; and mental health services. In the case of Croydon CCG, most of these services are commissioned from Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, who run Croydon University Hospital and deliver community health services in Croydon; and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, who provide mental health services.
Croydon CCG will be getting a 6.9% increase in its funding in 2015/16, well above the rate of inflation. This is the 17th largest increase of the 211 CCGs in the country (the largest being Merton CCG at 8.0%; over half of CCGs are getting less than 3%).
I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a great Christmas present for the borough, but you may be interested to know why we are doing so well.
The answer is that the Government is changing the way in which the NHS budget is allocated to different parts of the country. The previous Government used a formula to calculate a target allocation for each area. However, for historic reasons some areas received more than their target while others, including Croydon, didn’t get as much as the formula suggested and Labour refused to put this right.
This Government is now doing so. Those CCGs that are above target will get just a slightly above inflation increase. Those like Croydon that are well below target will get a much bigger increase. This year’s increase won’t make the system completely fair, but it is a big step in the right direction.
I hope to hear from the CCG early in the New Year how they will be using this money and when I do I’ll let you know.