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Lack of GP support sees Warrington and Halton CCG merger shelved

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A lack of support from the GP membership in Halton means the proposed merger with the Warrington CCG has been called off.

The proposal would have seen the closure of both CCGs and the creation of a new one in April next year to help reduce running costs.

In a statement sent to Access and Mobility Professional, a spokesperson for NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group said: “In terms of the outcome of the vote, from a Warrington CCG perspective it was positive in that 85% of those GP practices that submitted a vote, accepted the recommendation to a formal merger of NHS Halton CCG and NHS Warrington CCG. However, only 31% of the Halton CCG practices that submitted a vote accepted the recommendation.

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“As there was not sufficient support for the proposed merger from the membership of NHS Halton CCG, at this point we have not submitted the ‘merger’ application to NHS England.

“We will now take some time to consider the impact of this decision and next steps in terms of what other actions need to be taken to address the financial gap.”

In a report from the Warrington Guardian, it details how the news follows Warrington Borough Council leader Cllr Russ Bowden writing a second letter to the NHS Improvements regional director for the North West.

In the letter he reportedly sets out his concerns about the current leadership arrangements at the Warrington CCG.

However, the group responded saying it had not seen the letter but confirmed it would undertake an independent review of governance and engagement to provide assurance with regards to probity and competency.

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