Around 125 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which represent a large market for mobility providers, are expected to have financial deficits amounting to almost £700m by the end of the year.
A report led by NHS England’s chief financial officer, Paul Baumann, showed that 30 additional CCGs are forecasted to end the year in the red compared to the lower estimate of 95 made in February.
The report stated that CCGs have reported overspends of £625m, affecting 125 CCGs, with 70 greater than 1% adverse to their plan.
It added that the forecast includes “mitigating actions of CCGs themselves and the additional intervention undertaken where necessary by NHS England regional teams”.
The report insisted that a sustainable solution to the deficit will be needed to achieve a financial balance next year, “as the bulk of the central mitigations in 2017/18 are non-recurrent in nature”.
A ‘Commissioner Sustainability Fund’ has been introduced which is designed to achieve financial balance.
Mr Baumann said at the meeting that CCGs had struggled to constrain operating costs despite making “record efficiency gains”, Pulse heard.
CCGs are expected to submit their end-of-year financial reports by the end of this month and the total deficit amount will be revealed to NHS England in July.