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23rd January 2013
NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now firmly on the way to taking over local healthcare commissioning from NHS Milton Keynes primary care trust in April 2013.
The CCG heard yesterday (22 January 2013) that it now has now been authorised by the NHS National Commissioning Board to become a standalone Statutory NHS Organisation. This means that Milton Keynes CCG is deemed able to handle Milton Keynes’s local commissioning budget and make clear decisions about how services will be designed and where they should be delivered.
The authorisation process assesses every CCG against a set of 119 criteria. CCGs have to submit evidence for each area and also host a panel day where questions are asked by an independent team of NHS experts.
NHS Milton Keynes CCG has been authorised with eight conditions. The CCG will now continue to work to address the conditions highlighted by the NHS National Commissioning Board to ensure they are fully compliant and authorised to assume full statutory responsibility from 1 April 2013.
The new GP-led clinical commissioning system will focus on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience that will bring real benefits to patients and the public.
Milton Keynes CCG is one of 67 CCGS in the second wave of authorisation to be assessed and given the all clear to take on full local commissioning responsibilities in April 2013. Nationally there will be 211 CCGs across the country.
Dr Nicola Smith is the Clinical Chair of Milton Keynes CCG. She said: “It’s fantastic news that Milton Keynes CCG has now passed all the stages to become an accountable body and we hope most of our outstanding conditions will be removed by April 2013. Now we can concentrate on the important things as we prepare to take over from NHS Milton Keynes in April.
“There will be difficult decisions to be made - we have a tough financial climate, our hospital services are under immense pressure and we have an ageing population, and this can’t be ignored. But the most important thing for us is ensuring that people across Milton Keynes have access to high quality safe NHS services which meet their needs. This is now what we must focus on as we move forward.”
NHS Milton Keynes CCG will take over responsibility from NHS Milton Keynes, the primary care trust in April 2013 for commissioning local NHS health services. This means Milton Keynes CCG will decide how and where local NHS services should be delivered. 'Commissioning’ means planning and purchasing NHS services for local people from hospital trusts and other organisations.
As part of the government health reforms, primary care trusts will no longer exist from April 2013.