Community and non-hospital services are to suffer as CCG plans to cut funding by £33million

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are meeting to discuss £33million cuts next year to compensate for the £192million government funding deficit. Community and non-hospital services may have their funding withdrawn altogether. This includes the Joint Emergency Team (JET), who care for very unwell people aged over 65 in their homes. Clinical chair of the CCG, Dr Gary Howsam said: “We are currently buying more than we can afford, overspending by more than £1m a week, which means we need to make some difficult decisions about the services we can afford to provide in the future.” Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has “called for the decision to be delayed” and is pleased “that local health bosses have listened and paused to allow further consideration and for service users and staff to make representations.” He is “currently seeking urgent discussions with those affected.”

Full article in Cambridge Independent, 3 July 2019