Local NHS is set to balance the books this year

Efforts to balance the books in the local NHS are paying off as the Hastings and Rother CCG is set to achieve “in the black” finances this year.

The GP-led CCGs have spent the last two years working with partners to improve safety and quality in key NHS services and enhance the experience of patients. Alongside this, they have also been working to address a long history of financial problems through careful management of their resources and close partnership working under the East Sussex Better Together Programme.

As a result, both Hastings and Rother CCG and Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG are set to end 2014/15 with a small financial surplus, and this is set to continue in 2015/16 with changes to the way NHS funding is awarded resulting in a more balanced future picture in East Sussex.

Hastings and Rother CCG is set to end the year with an £8.1million surplus – around three per cent of its budget. As a result, Hastings and Rother CCG has been awarded an extra £3.5m for 2015/16, taking its annual budget to £274.6m.

Dr Roger Elias, chair of Hastings and Rother CCG, said, “Each of our CCGs has local priorities which we are addressing, such as the Hastings and Rother health inequality action plan and the piloting of new methods to help people manage long-term health conditions in Eastbourne.

“The transformation fund recognises that we also have joint responsibility to invest in and improve the many health and social care services that we commission jointly.

“This places us in a strong position to continue working with the public under East Sussex Better Together to make innovative improvements to services that really benefit local people.”