By Sara Bryce
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
NHS commissioners have warned of a squeeze on healthcare funds and a potential shortage of GPs as it was revealed how the Isle of Wight’s healthcare budget will be spent.The NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) — responsible for managing the budget — was allocated £195.5 million for the 2013/14 period and of that around £193 million will be spent on Islanders’ healthcare, while in line with government guidelines, the remaining £1.9 million will be saved.CCG chair Dr John Rivers said: “Due to an ageing population and increasing expectation of what the NHS can deliver we are, in common with other areas of the NHS, are looking at a squeeze on the Island’s healthcare budget and a potential shortage of GPs in the future.“We all need to reflect on how to sustain high quality services. This may mean looking at innovative ways of supporting ourselves.”The budget breakdown reveals more than £103 million will be spent on hospital care, £21 million will be put towards mental health services and £28 million will be spent on primary care services, including drugs and extra GP services. It also states with 141,000 people registered with Island GPs, the average spend per person registered is £1,368 per year. The average birth costs the CCG £1,600 to £2,300, a patient in critical care costs £1,500 a day, a hip replacement £5,750, while an X-ray is £27, and a basic ambulance call-out starts at £100.The CCG will hold its first AGM next July when figures showing how the budget was spent will be published.Reporter: email@example.com
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