Derbyshire County Council leader hits back at '˜absolute cheek' of NHS funding claims

A claim that Derbyshire has been given an easy ride over health cuts was rejected by the leader of the county council who declared it '˜an absolute cheek'.

Friday, 30th November 2018, 1:49 pm
Updated Friday, 30th November 2018, 1:50 pm
Councillor Barry Lewis, leader of Derbyshire County Council.

Councillor Barry Lewis said the comments made to the council’s health scrutiny committee by NHS England finance officer Paul Briddock hid a catalogue of financial mismanagement.

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Mr Briddock told a council committee the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were being given a large proportion – more than 10 per cent – of the total budget available to CCGs across the country to help balance their books.

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This was more than their ‘fair share’ of the money available, said Mr Briddock.

But Coun Lewis hit back, saying: “It’s an absolute cheek to say we got off lightly. Many Clinical Commissioning Groups have failed to put their houses in order since day one and have been a model of inefficiency, promulgating the type of inefficiency that went before. Clearly no top-down impetus for them to do so either, judging by these comments.”