The organisation responsible for organising and purchasing NHS funded healthcare in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire has been given an overall rating of ‘inadequate’ by NHS England.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is rated as inadequate for being well led and for finance.
It requires improvement for both performance and planning, but is good for delegated functions.
Inadequate is the lowest possible rating.
NHS England is not releasing any more details behind its rating.
Tracy Dowling, the CCG’s chief officer, said: “2015/16 was a very difficult year for the CCG as we have dealt with a number of significant financial and contractual issues.
“The CCG has made many changes to the way it works over recent months and is working hard with staff and the Governing Body to deliver the quality improvements and financial rigour that we need, but there is still a lot more for us to do to address our underlying recurrent deficit.
“We welcome the fact that NHS England has recognised the work we have done around our integrated NHS 111/GP out of hours service and some of the other areas that have improved patient care.
“However, looking forward, the current and future financial challenges facing the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health and care system are of an unprecedented scale as we experience an exceptional rise in demand for health services.
“With our partners across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health and care system we are developing our Sustainability and Transformation plan which has a focus on improving the clinical outcomes for our patients, but also addressing our system wide financial deficit over the next five years. “In order to address this deficit position the CCG is going to face a period whereby difficult decisions are going to be required. We will involve our member practices, partners and our population as part of this work.
“We are fully committed to returning the CCG and the health system to a sustainable financial position. As part of this, we are asking our patients to consider how they use their NHS, for example community pharmacies for advice on self care, or calling NHS 111 for an urgent healthcare need, and only going to A&E in emergency situations.”