NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made major progress in addressing financial challenges and is no longer subject to ‘legal directions’ from NHS England.
The CCG, which plans and buys most local healthcare services in North Tyneside, has been working with NHS England over the past 18 months to improve its financial position and strengthen its leadership.
The national body has now written formally to the CCG with positive assessments of governance and financial performance and highlighting its success in addressing the issues that were raised.
Dr John Matthews, Clinical Chair for NHS North Tyneside CCG, said: “This is excellent news for North Tyneside and shows just real confidence in our leadership, financial performance and the improvements we have made.
“Last year we moved to a ‘good’ rating from NHS England, highlighting our success in improving services for cancer, mental health and dementia. Now the last legal directions have been lifted, which is testimony to the hard work and commitment of our members, staff and partners. Most importantly, we are making clear progress in improving healthcare services for our patients.”
“We are absolutely committed to securing high quality, sustainable healthcare for local people, and we will continue to focus on making improvements.”
Out of nine CCGs placed in special measures in July 2016, North Tyneside was the first to progress to a ‘Good’ rating. The issues were largely the result of financial pressures caused by a range of factors, including a long-term over-reliance on hospital care going back well before the CCG’s inception five years ago.