Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group hits first year’s financial targets
The Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which took over officially in April 2013 from the Primary Care Trust, has ended its first year with a clean audit and the required ‘surplus’ of £5m.
Announcing this, CCG’s directors assured the board meeting (May 20) that every available penny had been spent on the county’s health services and that the £5m was a ‘control sum’ that had to be saved.
The £5m goes to the Department of Health and thence (on the evidence of previous years of the coalition government) back to the Treasury.
The coalition government promised to ‘ring fence’ the NHS budget and give ‘real terms’ increases each year to 2014-2015.
The much trumpeted increases have been pegged at 0.1 per cent. The £5m ‘surplus’ is one per cent of the CCG’s budget. Even the most arithmetically challenged MPs will need to find new definitions for ‘ring fence’ and ‘real terms’.