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Councillors voice concerns over plans to merge NHS CCGs

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Concerns over plans to merge two NHS CCGs in Cheshire and Merseyside have been raised by councillors.

Cheshire West and Chester’s (CWAC) health scrutiny committee voiced the concerns following the launch of a consultation on the planned introduction of integrated care systems (ICS) from April 2022.

The plans would mean that a new Cheshire-Merseyside ICS would replace NHS Cheshire CCG.

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CWAC officer Paul Purvis told the Cheshire Standard: “It is quite clear that the committee recognises that the plans do show advantages in how NHS resources can be delivered in a more stable and efficient manner. 

“This needs to be meaningful to local people and local communities. There are several areas of clarification members have raised.

“The theme seems to be a recognition of ‘yes, this has possibilities’ but ‘it needs to be balanced against robust local systems for that accountability and influence’ on commissioning at a local level.”

NHS England published its ICS proposals in January 2020. The body is believed to favour the creation of separate ICS bodies to manage commissioning as opposed to keeping existing structures in place in tandem with an ICS Board.

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