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CCGs in Luton, Beds and Milton Keynes set for ‘integrated care system’ merger

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Clinical Commissioning Groups in Luton, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes are set for a merger later this year, potentially September.

It forms part of the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ which directs CCGs to be aligned into ‘one integrated care system’ wherever possible.

This is leading to multiple mergers across the country.

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According to a report from the Milton Keynes Citizen, in November 2018 steps were taken to bring Luton, Beds and Milton Keynes’ CCGs closer by appointing a single accountable officer.

A single executive team across the three organisations was also appointed, collectively known as the BLMK.

The news now goes a step further by collapsing the three CCGs to create one organisation, as has been seen across the country with a number of other proposed mergers.

Patricia Davies, accountable officer for the BLMK commissioning group, told the MK Citizen: “For the last eighteen months, we have been working more effectively across the area to commission services for our population, and we have started to see some benefits.

Adding: “By applying for funding as a bigger population, we have been able to roll out consistent policies across the area – not least in perinatal mental health, where we have been able to launch a new service in Bedfordshire and Luton and expand the existing service in Milton Keynes.

Becoming one single CCG will make us a more influential commissioner and give us more negotiating power, which will allow us to improve the quality of care for our patients. It also means that instead of doing something three times, we’ll do it once – cutting management costs, which can be invested into the workforce and front line services.”

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