Three CCGs in Warwickshire have voted in favour of becoming a single merged organisation.
As part of the vote, the Coventry and Rugby CCG, South Warwickshire CCG and the Warwickshire North CCG elected how NHS services would be structured in the future.
As reported in the Warwick Courier, GPs voted for the three organisations to come together in a bid to offer stronger, more consistent and quicker decision making and reduce duplication and delays in implementing services for patients.
Commenting on the move, Adrian Stokes, accountable officer, Coventry and Rugby CCG and Warwickshire North CCG and Gillian Entwistle, accountable officer, South Warwickshire CCG said: “The Member Practices of the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Coventry and Warwickshire have told us decisively that they would like us to start the process of becoming a single merged organisation.
“We believe that this is the best outcome for our population, our practices and our health system, allowing us to most effectively work together to deliver the goals of the NHS Long Term Plan and improve health care for all the residents of Coventry and Warwickshire.
Adding: “We are grateful to all our GP Member Practices and stakeholders who have taken the time to be involved in this process and given us their support and feedback.”
According to the Warwick Courier report, the vote had followed a period of engagement with GP practices, stakeholders, patients and the public on the options for the future of health commissioning in Coventry and Warwickshire, to understand local views.
It detailed how if authorisation is granted from NHS England, the change would be likely to happen in April 2021.