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GP practices in Coventry and Warwickshire vote in favour of “cost-cutting” CCG merger

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CCG’s in Coventry and Warwickshire are set to merge as part of a plan to cut costs by £2.4m.

As reported in Coventry Live, the Coventry and Rugby CCG is set to merge, on NHS England approval, with South Warwickshire CCG and Warwickshire North CCG in April 2021.

It will see the bodies led by one single management team and one government body.

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Coventry Live detailed how running costs across the three CCGs for 2019/20 is £20.1m, but is set to be reduced to £17.7m in 2020/21.

A joint statement from Adrian Stokes, accountable officer for Coventry and Rugby CCG and Warwickshire North CCG, and Gillian Entwistle, accountable officer, South Warwickshire CCG, said: “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.”

Coventry and Rugby CCG has said the move “allows the NHS to deliver faster, more efficient decision making, in addition to delivering significant administrative savings without a negative impact on patient services and front-line care”.

Savings will not be made from patient services, a spokesman has previously said, but from ‘administrative functions’ of the CCGs.

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