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Broken promise leads to £1m for Huddersfield health chiefs after switch

Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been forced to use more than a third of its £2.7m contingency budget to pay debts of its predecessor group, Kirklees PCT

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Huddersfield's health budget has been hit by an unexpected £1m bill after NHS chiefs back-tracked on a promise.

Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been forced to use more than a third of its £2.7m contingency budget to pay debts of its predecessor group, Kirklees PCT.

Speaking at a special board meeting of the CCG, finance chief Julie Lawreniuk said £1.059m of unexpected payments had been laid at their door because of a change in NHS accounting methods.

Mrs Lawreniuk said the hefty bill was for “historic continuing care restitution claims” — money that has to be paid to people who are owed NHS cash for care bills.

She told board members the CCG, which replaced Kirklees PCT last April, had been told it would not have to pay PCT legacy debts.

But she said NHS England had now done a u-turn on its initial vow.

“The bottom line is we will have to pick up a bill for £1.059m,” she said.

“We’ve been lobbying NHS England, but it looks like we will lose that money.

“It means we’ve already lost a million from our contingency fund.

“We’ve tried every argument to avoid it but we’ve been unsuccessful.”

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