Healthcare commissioning services across Lancashire could be merged by April next year.
At present, eight CCGs operate across Lancashire and South Cumbria, but this could be merged into one in 2021.
As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph, a Blackburn with Darwen CCG spokesman said: “The eight CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria are working in partnership to deliver more integrated care for local people.
“This work aims to create a focus for the health and care system to work very differently, agreeing plans to improve the whole population’s health, using partnerships to improve the quality of health services and bringing the system back into financial balance.
Adding: “Commissioning leaders have a clear intention of building on the best work undertaken with our partners to improve health and join up health and care services and community assets in neighbourhoods, five local health and care partnerships (Central Lancashire, Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay, Pennine Lancashire and West Lancashire) and across the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria.”
The Lancashire Telegraph went on to detail how a period of formal engagement is now under way with local member practices.
CCG staff and other stakeholders including providers, local authorities, Healthwatch and patient/public groups will consider options for changes to NHS commissioning in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The spokesman continued: “A case for change document is available and is the basis for local discussions. This is a technical NHS document intended to begin an engagement process with GP members, partner organisations and other stakeholders of the eight CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria.”