Clinical Commissioning Groups in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are to form a single organisation.
It is part of a bid to “streamline” commissioning across the country.
NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG has been established to replace NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG.
As the Hereford Times reported, the merger follows a period of engagement last year with the public, staff, providers and other key stakeholders.
It has also been supported by GP practices in Herefordshire and Worcestershire as well as each former CCGs’ Governing Bodies.
On the move, the Hereford Times went on to report how, Simon Trickett, chief executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, said: “Clearly we are currently working in some unprecedented and challenging circumstances and our immediate focus remains on responding to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our main priority is, and always will be, our patients and the health and wellbeing of our local population.
He added: “Having already set up combined governance and decision-making arrangements across the four CCGs, this merger was the next logical step. We will not lose sight of the different needs of our local communities and we will continue to work with local organisations so that people’s needs, views and experiences remain at the heart of our decision making.”
Yesterday, AMP reported on the CCG merger in Lincolnshire.
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