For historic reasons practices in places like Huntingdon have on average received more primary care funding than those in North East Cambridgeshire. Whilst the Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group received a higher than average increase in funding this year, it is still below the national average. Sutton GP surgery in particular have suffered as a result of this, as they are a small practice working over two sites which adds costs. Both The Royal College of GPs and the British Medical Association have campaigned for the strengthening of primary care funding.
The Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) administer how the money for GPs in Cambridgeshire is allocated between the eight local commissioning groups. The CCG has indicated that it will enable local GPs to spend more of their “fair share” allowance, which is the funding rule which applies to GPs, next year, 2015/16. Yet no formal commitment has been given which leaves scope for this commitment not to be lessened in the future.
We call on the Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group to issue a statement to confirm that North East Cambridgeshire GPs will be able to spend their “fair share allocation” in 2015/16 and to ensure that primary care funding is allocated more fairly in Cambridgeshire.
We also call on NHS England to review the funding support for the Priors Field Surgery in Sutton which faces higher costs as a result of operating on two sites, which requires mitigation as part of the planned changes to the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee which sets a minimum guaranteed funding level for GP practices.