Joan Ryan MP has called on the Government to “fix the crisis at the heart of Enfield’s health services”, as it is revealed that Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been placed in a newly created NHS special measures programme.
It has only been a few weeks since we learnt of the true extent of the crisis at North Mid Hospital, so the announcement that Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been placed in special measures will be yet another blow to residents’ confidence in our local health services.
After “[failing] to meet the financial discipline expected of the NHS”, Enfield CCG will now have to produce and implement an ‘Improvement and Financial Recovery Plan’ and take steps to address the shortcomings in leadership at the organisation.
Enfield CCG is one of only 26 CCGs – out of 209 in total across England – which has had its overall performance rated as inadequate by NHS England and NHS Improvement and is one of just nine CCGs now in special measures. The CCG is already subject to NHS England oversight due to significant financial pressures.
We are facing a perfect storm in Enfield at the moment – government cuts and under-investment in frontline services has left our NHS on its knees.
I have written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, to voice my concerns on behalf of constituents about what effects this news will have on the planning and commissioning of Enfield’s health care services.
The government must fix the crisis at the heart of Enfield’s health services, provide better support and invest in the NHS, both locally and across the country.
Immediate action must be taken to address this situation and give residents the standard of care they so desperately need.