Fears for rough sleepers as specialist north London unit faces 42% budget reduction
NHS bosses are under fire for cutting back a team of doctors and nurses who provide mental health care to one of Britainâ€™s largest groups of homeless people.
Camden NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in north London is giving the Focus Homeless Outreach team Â£219,866 less a year starting on 1 April, a leaked CCG document reveals. One of the teamâ€™s two psychiatrists and one of its six nurses will lose their jobs as a result.
Between 2010-11 and 2016-17, health spending increased by an average of 1.2% above inflation and increases are set to continue in real terms at a similar rate until the end of this parliament. This is far below the annual inflation-proof growth rate that the NHS enjoyed prior to 2010 of almost 4% stretching back to the 1950s. As budgets tighten, NHS organisations have been struggling to live within their means. In the financial year 2015-16, acute trusts recorded a deficit of Â£2.6bn. This was reduced to Â£800m last year, though only after a Â£1.8bn bung from the Department of Health, which shows the deficit remained the same year on year.
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