£45m black hole highlighted by Swindon CCG

Full Story at Swindon Advertiser 30 January 2018

HEALTH chiefs in the region warned of a possible £45 million black hole in their finances.

They hope that a slice of £1.6bn government funding promised for the NHS at the autumn budget could help close the gap – branded a “massive deficit” by one GP.

But a director for the NHS group responsible for commissioning Swindon healthcare warned that it wasn’t clear what could be done to close the gap – unless government could pick up the tab.

The red flag came after NHS England met health chiefs across Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset earlier this month.