Dorset NHS faces EXTRA £8.5m funding gap after funding restructure

A DORSET health chief has admitted work needs to be done to find millions of pounds after the county lost out in a reallocation of NHS funding.

The NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says it has to find an extra £8.5million next year following national changes to the pricing of the healthcare system.

Chief officer Tim Goodson said that the figure was initially more than £10.5m and arose out of changes to the system proposed by NHS Improvement and NHS England.

It would have seen the price at which the CCG purchased services from local providers, such as hospitals, reduced by £10.5million but, instead of being kept by the CCG and spent elsewhere in the local health system, the NHS announced that this year the funds were to be reallocated elsewhere in the country to areas that had been adversely affected by the changes in the pricing system.

Full story in Bournemouth Echo 31st December 2016