• Commissioners in financially challenged outer London system are out of special measures
  • CCGs and their main provider are in a joint financial recovery plan to achieve break-even as a system in 2021

Three clinical commissioning groups in east London have been taken out of financial special measures, it was announced today.

The CCGs for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge have been working as a commissioning alliance under a joint committee for four years. They were put in financial directions in March 2017; after reporting a collective overspend against their allocations of £12.5m.

They ended 2018-19 with a small surplus of £600,00, and have now been set a control total surplus of £10.9m for 2019-20, necessitating a £40m savings programme.

Its main acute provider, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust remains in financial special measures and is predicting a year-end underlying deficit of £51m.

The trust and CCGs have agreed a system financial recovery plan that will run over the next two years, finding savings and transforming services with the ambition of the outer north east London health system reaching break-even by 2021. It plans to find £60m in cash savings over that time.

The chairs of the three CCG’s said, in a joint statement: “Our efforts are now focused on medium- and longer-term transformation of care. We know that we need to invest to prevent people becoming unwell and to ensure that people are treated in the right place, by the most appropriate person.”

Jane Milligan, the CCG’s shared accountable officer, said: “The progress we have made in BHR has been down to greater collaboration between partners, strong local leadership and a collective focus on making real and sustainable improvements for the people we serve.”