FINANCE: Vale of York CCG is expecting to begin its existence in April 2013 with a £5.3m deficit, due to an inherited shortfall from this year.

The figure is its estimated share of North Yorkshire and York PCT’s £19m forecast 2012-13 deficit.

CCG minutes show the organisation calling for clarification of previous health secretary Andrew Lansley’s commitment that “it was not the intention for CCGs to start 2013/14 in a deficit position”.

The minutes state: “Although the PCT remained the accountable body for the current financial year, the assumptions and forecast deficit would be apportioned across all PCT functions and that this would therefore pose a challenge to the CCG.

“[PCT finance director] Adrian Snarr advised that the current CCG budget of £349m would increase to circa £358M when corporate and other budgets had been transferred. The CCG was likely to start 2013-14 with a deficit of £5.3m, its proportion of the £19m forecast deficit.

“This would be a challenging position particularly in view of the additional national NHS efficiency requirements. Adrian Snarr assured members that the CCG would play a key role in the ongoing work to achieve longer term solutions across North Yorkshire and York.”