FINANCE: GPs have told the leaders of Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group that they have ‘no confidence’ in the CCG’s management of the group’s financial rescue plans.

Doctors from 30 local practices made a statement of no confidence in CCG management last week, warning that frontline services would suffer as a result of the CCG’s plans to save £5.9m.

Vale of York has said that unless savings are found to meet quality, innovation, productivity and prevention targets and other urgent financial requirements, it faces being placed into a new special measures regime by NHS England.

HSJ has been told that the concerns raised by the CCG’s council of representatives did not amount to a formal vote of confidence – which would trigger further action from the CCG to reconsider its financial plans.

John Crompton, chair of YOR Local Medical Committee which represents GPs across north Yorkshire and surrounding localities, said the CCG was now in “unchartered territory”.

He said: “While this was not a formal vote of confidence in the CCG leadership, members voiced concerns about some of the decisions made by the commissioners and how they were unfairly impacting on primary care”.

“There is disquiet at the CCG’s financial plans. We are in unchartered territory. I think the council of members are considering carefully taking this further.

“The CCG have taken that on board; we don’t know how they will deal with it.”

Vale of York’s savings plans will be published in the coming days and presented at its governing body meeting next week.

It is understood that members at the committee meeting also expressed frustration at the CCG’s chief clinical officer Mark Hayes and York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust chief executive Patrick Crowley’s decision to visit the US on a fact finding trip.

The leaders are on a visit to Alaska and to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle to learn about different care models.

A Vale of York CCG spokeswoman said: “We have not received formal notification of the outcome of the vote of the council of representatives.

“What is clear, however, is that our CCG, local GPs and other healthcare professionals recognise the significant financial challenges we face and that innovative solutions must be found.”