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NHS spending on Teesside set to amount to an £11.2m overspend

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The Tees Valley CCG is set to spend an additional £11.2m this year as part of its efforts to deal with coronavirus.

The overspend means the group will look for help from NHS England to balance the books.

A report from Teesside Live explained how the CCG confirmed that COVID-19 accounted for £7.5m worth of costs over the period.

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The group was formed in April as part of a merger to help streamline services from smaller organisations covering Tees Valley council areas.

The local news report detailed that like other CCGs across the country, it is currently operating under a temporary financial regime after regular operational planning was suspended because of the pandemic.

Chief finance officer, Mark Pickering said: “There is an expectation of an allocation adjustment to cover the additional costs to enable the CCG to report a break-even position.”

While Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “This is a stark indication of the impact covid has had and will continue to have on services across the board. Public services cannot be left unsupported to tackle these levels of deficits.

“The Government has to recognise that all public services need to be fully funded and we must ensure we are consistently and strongly making our case here in Tees Valley for fair financial support to fight both the short and long term effects of this crisis.”

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