FINANCE: Cumbria Primary Care Trust set aside £9m to allow its successor body to settle the backlog of retrospective continuing healthcare claims it received in the final year of its existence, board papers state.

According to Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s budget for 2013-14, responsibility for settling the care claims is among the CCG’s “key financial risks” for the financial year.

It states: “Cumbria PCT established a provision of around £9 million for the retrospective continuing care cases in the [PCT’s] 2012-13 accounts.

“Responsibility for settling these claims transferred to the CCG on 1 April along with the £9 million provision to cover the potential liability representing a reliable estimate of the likely value. However, this will need to be reviewed on an on-going basis as the individual claims are addressed.”