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Half of NHS areas planning to cancel or delay spending because of financial pressures

 

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Half of NHS areas planning to cancel or delay spending because of financial pressures

The NHS is now planning to delay or cancel spending in half of local areas this year to meet financial targets, according to the King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

The report finds that 50% of CCG finance leads say that achieving this year’s financial forecast is likely to depend on delaying or cancelling spending. Over 40% say they plan to review or reduce the level of planned treatment they commission following the recent downgrading of the 18-week referral to treatment target. Just under half of CCGs were also uncertain or concerned about their ability to increase funding for mental health services in line with the national commitments.