CCG merger in Shropshire gets positive feedback from regional NHS assessment group

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A regional NHS assessment group has given positive feedback to the proposal of a CCG merger in Shropshire.

It was scrutinising the application to merge the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs to form a single organisation next year.

According to a Shropshire Star report, the move is progressing well after the plans were presented to a regional NHS England/NHS Improvement panel in June but will need to be signed off before a national panel to get the final go-ahead.

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An application for the CCG merger put forward last year was turned down on the basis it was “not strong enough.”

Dr Julian Povey, chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “We have met with NHS England and Improvement and had our assessment panel, where we have presented the work we have done and the evidence and the regional panel were supportive of the work we had done.

“Certainly we have received support from our local region, the West Midlands and east, and that’s been put forward to the national panel so we are expecting sign-off probably by October. We’re positive about it, and the region are positive about it, but it does require national sign off.”

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