An additional £100m worth of funding will be provided to doctors in emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with the aim of improving local services and reducing pressures on the NHS during the colder months.
Clinicians in these groups will spend the money directly on local care services that best meet their patients’ clinical needs and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital.
This is a first for the prospective clinical groups to have been given money to spend on patient services. They will have £2 per head of population made available to them via their Primary Care Trust (PCT) cluster to spend this financial year.
Mr Lansley said: “This is the first time emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups – made up of GPs and other local clinical professionals – have been given money to spend on services for patients. This additional funding, available due to good management of the Department’s central budgets, will harness the expertise of local clinicians who know better than anyone, what their patients need.”
CEO of North East Essex CCG Dr Shane Gordon said: “The extra funds are a welcome boost during a demanding part of the year.”