Health group ringfences funding for voluntary sector organisations in Norwich

Jonathon Fagge, CEO of Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group.

Jonathon Fagge, CEO of Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group. - Credit: Archant 2013

Health funding for voluntary organisations in the Norwich area was ringfenced for another two years today.

However, officials from the Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) warned that some local groups could miss out in the future as a result of a review by the new organisation in charge of NHS commissioning in the city.

A total of £500,000 will be granted to voluntary organisations by the GP-led group up until March 2015, members of the Norwich CCG board said.

However, chief executive Jonathon Fagge, said it was 'inevitable' that there would be some losers following a review of grants to bring the CCG's funding in line with the organisation's health and wellbeing goals.

Mr Fagge said the CCG had inherited the voluntary sector funding allocations from NHS Norfolk following the scrapping of primary care trusts in April. However, the grants were not actively managed by the PCT to ensure they delivered value for money.

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He said that there were more than 200 voluntary sector organisations in the Norwich area and only 24 received funding. He added that any organisations that were to have their funding ceased would be given six months notice.

Dr Chris Price, chairman of Norwich CCG added: 'At a time when the voluntary sector is feeling the pinch we are pledging to at least maintain overall funding to the sector as a whole, to March 2015. Indeed funding for the voluntary sector could even rise in that time if the situation warrants it. We want to work in partnership with those groups we fund, to bring real benefit to NHS patients and make sure every penny counts.'

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