Shropshire health commissioners 'on track' to hit finance target
The group which commissions health services in Shropshire says it is on track to achieve its planned deficit for the current financial year.
Claire Skidmore, chief finance officer at Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), says the organisation is expected to achieve a deficit of £13.3m at the end of March next year.
She told a meeting of the CCG's governing body that the risks of the group not being able to meet the target can be mitigated, although there has been some slippage in the savings it expected to make.
If the CCG manages to achieve a deficit of £13.3m for 2018/19 it could see that debt written off under a new national commissioner sustainability fund, meaning the total amount it owes will stay the same going forward.
Ms Skidmore told the meeting: "The actions we've been taking are having some positive results."
However, she said there had been slippage in its savings plan.
The CCG was planning to make savings of £20.5m in 2018/19 but it now looks like it could fall short by £2.4m.
Ms Skidmore said although the position had not worsened, it was "not getting any easier".
She said the team was "leaving no stone unturned" but was trying to be realistic about what can be achieved.
She added: "We are working hard to review contracts to make sure we are only paying for what we should be paying for."
Last month, she said it could take more than 15 years to repay the group’s historic deficit of nearly £60 million.
Health commissioners in Shropshire must also find £99 million in savings over the next five years.
The finance report put before Shropshire CCG's governing body on Wednesday, which was the latest available, covered the period to the end of July.