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Councillors call for cross-party meeting over shortfall in GPs' funding in Barnet
Councillors have called for an Extraordinary Council meeting following reports Barnet’s Clinical Commissioning Group is set to receive £90million less funding than anticipated.
As part of national plans to reform the NHS, Primary Care Trusts will be replaced by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which will be responsible for planning and paying for services from April 1.
An NHS finance report issued at the end of January shows that Barnet CCG was expecting to be allocated £470m after budget deficits are taken into account for 2013/14, but this has since been dropped to £380m.
As a result Labour Councillor Barry Rawlings has called for an Extraordinary Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 5 to gain support to lobby Government for more resources.
Cllr Rawlings said: “The funding situation for local health services is at crisis point and unless something is done very soon the whole system could just collapse.
"One of my main worries is it to do with the current situation with Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals. They can't become a stand alone foundation trust - but will the Royal Free for instance still be interested if there's going to be less money coming in?
“The aim of the meeting is to have an all party delegation to request a meeting with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health Prime to try and do something about the funding for Barnet.”
A spokesman for Barnet CCG said: “There is more work to be done to understand the impact of the changes from the old PCT allocations.
"For example specialist commissioning becoming the responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board and public health funding to be managed by local authorities, and how the new organisations will work together to make the best use of resources for local people.
“Barnet CCG is currently developing its plans for 2013/14 and is in discussion with the National Commissioning Board about these.
“Barnet CCG is committed to providing a safe, quality and cost-effective healthcare service to its patient population and, whilst the financial situation may be challenging, all our plans and decisions will reflect our dedication to the health and wellbeing of the community in Barnet.”