Lancashire CCGs could be merged under one body

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Lancashire’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCG) could soon be joined together to be run under a single body.

East Lancashire CCG and Blackburn with Darwen CCG will be reviewed under a framework to decide whether to join the committees together or keep them apart.

If joined, the two CCGs would remain as separate statutory bodies but would in affect be run by a single body.

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Debates have already begun on whether to form a new decision-making body.

It was proposed that the single body would meet regularly and receive papers on specific commissioning plans with the aim of forming a consensus of agreement between members, according to a local radio station.

Bosses reportedly say it would allow for combined working relationships to continue and develop.

A newly-developed framework would set out a business plan and proposed leadership arrangements.

The news follows a number of other CCGs around the country merging together to share decision making and resources amid budget cuts.

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