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'Radical change' needed for North Yorkshire's £35 million black hole in healthcare

Coun Jim Clark, Chair of the Scrutiny of Health Commission
Coun Jim Clark, Chair of the Scrutiny of Health Commission

North Yorkshire is facing a £35 million black hole in healthcare after the collective deficit of services has more than doubled in five years.

A report into the finances of five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) covering North Yorkshire has revealed a collective deficit of more than £44 million at the end of the last financial year.

Multi-million saving plans by all five CCGs for the 2018/19 financial year have also been included in the report.

The result is that a collective figure of nearly £35 million will need to be saved from health services across North Yorkshire.

The report has prompted the Chair of North Yorkshire's Scrutiny of Health Commission to call for 'radical change'.

Councillor Jim Clark, said: "When the Primary Care Trust for North Yorkshire and York finished in 2013 it had a collective deficit of £20 million.

"In five years the deficit has doubled, so the system needs radical change."

Harrogate and Rural District; Scarborough and Rydale; Vale of York; Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby; and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCGs have all been included in the report by North Yorkshire County Council released today, June 15.

In the 2017/18 financial year, Harrogate and Rural District had the second largest deficit, finishing the year with a £12.8 million funding gap.

The Vale of York had the largest deficit with a £20.1 million shortfall.

Airedale was the only commissioning group which did not finish the year with a deficit.

The report will be discussed at a meeting of North Yorkshire's Scrutiny of Health Commission on Friday, June 22, where the CCGs will face questions over the state of their finances.