NHS: Ideas to Save Money

It’s everyone’s NHS – and we’re not going to waste it

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has an overall budget allocation of £312million to “commission” or buy, health and care services such as planned hospital care, urgent and emergency care, rehabilitation care, community health services, mental health and learning disability services on behalf of the people of Calderdale.

They now want to hear from Calderdale people about how they might save money – here’s what they say:

A growing demand for health and care services, price inflation and the costs of new drugs and treatments mean we need to look at how we spend budgets to get maximum benefit for everyone.  We have already engaged and consulted on hospital and community services but more needs to be done.  National austerity is having an increasing impact on the financial positions of public sector organisations, including NHS Calderdale CCG.

As a CCG we must live within our means and unless we change the way that services are delivered we will not have enough money to fund them. We have a statutory duty to balance our books. If we do not, decision making will be taken out of local hands. The level of savings required over the next few years is around:

  • £5.5m in 2016/17
  • £13m in 2017/18
  • £13m in 2018/19

What is the engagement about?

We want to talk to local communities to gather ideas about:

  • How we can reduce waste, save money whilst keeping the high quality services we need.
  • How we can reduce our spend on pharmacy services.

Your feedback is really important to ensure we are making difficult decisions in partnership with our local community. Your ideas, suggestions and feedback will help the CCG understand and consider the impact each decision may have on individuals and communities.

To give your views please use the following link http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/recovery/

The deadline for responses is Friday 7th August 2017.

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