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27th February 2013
Dame Barbara Hakin of the NHS Commissioning Board says patients will see real benefits as CCGs realise their potential
Local clinicians have now been given the green light to take control of the NHS budget across the South East Midlands from 1 April.
The NHS Commissioning Board has completed authorisation for five organisations– called clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – to commission healthcare services for our communities. These are NHS Bedfordshire CCG, NHS Corby CCG, NHS Luton CCG, NHS Milton Keynes CCG and NHS Nene CCG.
CCGs replace the primary care trusts that currently commission healthcare services. They are independent statutory bodies, led by their members: the GP practices in their area. All GP practices will be members of a CCG, putting the majority of the NHS budget in the control of frontline clinicians for the first time.
Dame Barbara Hakin, the NHS Commissioning Board’s National Director: Commissioning Development, said: “Authorisation is just the beginning: these new organisations will continue to develop, and I am confident patients will start to see real benefits in their local areas as CCGs begin to realise their potential.”
Dr Darin Sieger, the GP chair of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group said that the authorizations were “testament to the hard work that has been carried out by all staff, member practices and partners in creating new clinically-led organisations that ensure that local clinicians and patients shape the way healthcare is commissioned for our local population.”
Dr Peter Wilczynski, Clinical Chair of NHS Corby CCG, said: “It’s great news that Corby CCG has now passed all the stages to become an statutory body… Now we can concentrate on the important things as we prepare to take over from NHS Northamptonshire in April. There will be difficult decisions to be made - we have a tough financial climate, our hospital services are under a lot pressure, and we have an ageing population. These can’t be ignored. However, our first and foremost priority is ensuring that people have access to high quality NHS services which meet their needs.”
Dr Manraj Barhey, Chair of NHS Luton CCG, said: “This is a great achievement and one that all Luton CCG stakeholders, partners, member practices, staff and board members can be very proud of.I would like to thank them all for their help and support in our journey so far, and look forward to working with them as we strive together to make Luton healthier.”
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
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