NHS England has agreed to soften the impact of changes to clinical commissioning group budgets next year by agreeing to add £75m back into their allocations, HSJ understands.
Many CCGs had raised concerns over adjustments that would have reduced the combined allocations by around £156m in 2017-18, against what they had previously planned for. NHS Clinical Commissioners, which represents CCGs, has written to national leaders “in the strongest terms” about it.
Some CCGs saw their allocations reduce significantly, such as Dorset, which would have received £10m less than expected.
But it is understood that NHS England has now agreed to mitigate the impact and ensure that the negative impact on individual CCGs is limited to 0.5 per cent of their allocation. This will help around 60 CCGs, although many are still likely to be significantly affected.
NHS England previously said the adjustments would be cost neutral because of the new payment tariff, which governs the amounts CCGs pay their providers. Next year’s tariff includes the new HRG4+ currency and new top up payments for specialised services.
A new breakdown of allocations has not yet been published, and it is not clear how the £75m has been made available.
The north of England was the worst affected region under the adjusted allocations published earlier this month, with a reduction of £75m. London is set to be the only region to be positively impacted, receiving an extra £23m.
NHS England has been approached for comment.