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Spending to be trimmed at Care Trust despite increased allocation

SOLIHULL’s cash-strapped care trust will have to cut its budget by 12 per cent from April.

SOLIHULL’s cash-strapped care trust will have to cut its budget by 12 per cent from April.

Health bosses have welcomed news that the organisation will receive an allocation of £327m in the next financial year.

This is more money than the care trust was expecting from the Department of Health, but spending will still need to be trimmed.

A spokeswoman said that - in common with many public sector organisations - the trust was in a tough financial position.

“The allocation does not fully cover all of our additional costs and the growth in demand we are experiencing,” she said.

“In particular there have been high levels of growth in hospital activity over the past few years.

“This will not be affordable in the future within the resources we have available.”

But the care trust, which confirmed last year it had started a voluntary redundancy scheme, pledged not to cut services.

It said that providing more care in the community and less reliance on hospital services would help reduce costs.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said that the care trust’s allocation had increased by 2.9 per cent.

“The Government wants to create a service that puts patients and local communities at the heart of decisions made in the NHS,” she said.

 

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