Budget shortfall of £7 million for Southend CCG

Full story in The Echo 9 October 2017

SOUTHEND Clinical Commissioning Group is facing special measures over a £7million deficit, it has emerged.

The group says it has struggled to meet rising healthcare demands and has the huge shortfall in the £18.2million it needed to save this year.

On Thursday, NHS England announced it had applied to have NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group placed into special measures.

Rachel Webb, locality director for NHS England Midlands and East, said: “If approved, this will put additional support in place for the CCG to help make the improvements required.”

The application has to be agreed by NHS England nationally and could take several weeks.