NHS providers across Greater Manchester have called for a ‘new set of relationships’ with health regulators to underpin the newly agreed £6bn devolution of commissioning responsibilities to the conurbation.
Trusts that opt to roll over 2014-15 national tariff prices to 2015-16 will still be able to agree local variations with commissioners, national pricing authorities have said.
FINANCE: Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust is predicting that its deficit could worsen to from £12.7m to £22.7m by the end of 2015-16.
NHS and local government leaders have this morning announced plans to join up health and social care budgets for Manchester worth £6bn, but insisted the deal is not a ‘town hall takeover’ of health services.
The chancellor has said the signing of the £6bn deal to bring together health and social care budgets in Greater Manchester, overseen by an elected mayor, has ‘set a trail for the rest of the country to follow’.
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Mental health trusts have complained their commissioners are disregarding national guidance requiring them to increase real terms spending on mental health in 2015-16 and help fund the delivery of new targets.
Radical plans for Greater Manchester to take control of £6bn of health and social care spending will be overseen by a new statutory body from April 2016, according to draft plans obtained by HSJ.
FINANCE: Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group has reported a surplus of £1.75m for the third quarter or 2014-15, board papers show.
FINANCE: Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership had a surplus of £795,000 by the end of December - £251,000 more than planned.
PERFORMANCE: Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group will increase the number of cycles of IVF offered to 23-39 year old women from one to three – bringing its policy into line with national guidelines.
FINANCE: Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group is predicting an overspend of almost £400,000 this financial year on its learning disability pooled fund with Walsall Council, largely because of high demand for inpatient beds.
Complex questions of governance and accountability will have to be resolved over the coming year to allow the proposed full delegation of primary care and specialised commissioning budgets to Greater Manchester by April 2016.
The Greater Manchester area will be a ‘trailblazer’ for developing new models of care, and will be one of the first places to access two national transformation funds worth a combined £450m, according to draft proposals that emerged today.
Giving Greater Manchester control over the region’s £6bn health budget could be ‘a recipe for disaster’, a senior local government source in the conurbation has warned.
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