What do South Holland patients receive for their increased National Insurance payments? The Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is still ‘finalising’ its plans

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Increased National Insurance payments came into effect this week to tackle the NHS backlog – but Lincolnshire’s health chiefs have no plan in place.

The Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said it was still ‘finalizing its plans’ when asked what South Holland patients would get for their increased payments.

The waiting list for elective procedures in Lincolnshire had increased by 2,176 to 95,263 in January, according to documents from the last CCG board meeting on March 30. While the cancer backlog has 516 patients, 171 have waited 104 days or more.

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What do South Holland patients receive for their increased National Insurance payments?

The government announced in September that it was increasing National Insurance payments in a bid to reduce the backlog of procedures that has built up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as supporting social care.

From yesterday (Wednesday), individuals and businesses will pay 1.25p a pound to bring in an additional £12million – but it is unclear how much of that money will go to Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson for NHS Lincolnshire CCG said: ‘We are still in agreement on plans which, once finalised, will be discussed at our public council meeting. Any money allocated will not be earmarked for any specific objective or initiative and will be allocated in total to NHS Lincolnshire spending plans.

“We will continue to deliver on our key priorities which include treating Covid patients, the Covid vaccination booster programme, reducing the NHS backlog and improving resilience in emergency and emergency care. emergency.”

The GCC would not indicate exactly when the plans will be discussed or how much additional money will be brought to the county.

The Guardian also approached NHS England to ask what South Holland patients will get for their money, but was referred to the Department of Health who then referred us to NHS England, which did not respond.

The Department of Health has said the National Insurance increase and 1.25% increase in dividend tax rates will provide additional cash to tackle elective treatment backlogs, put the NHS on a lasting basis and bring about a reform of social protection.

– What do you think? Have you encountered problems accessing health services? Are you happy to pay more? Email victoria.fear@iliffepublishing.co.uk



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