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Lincolnshire health bosses get set for April CCG merger

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CCGs in Lincolnshire look set to merge as of April 2020.

A move has been ‘agreed in principle’ with national officials for the county’s four CCGs to become a single organisation.

A report in local news site, the Lincolnite, detailed how last May commissioners announced that the “time was right” for a single organisation to be formed to better serve the public.

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The county currently has four CCGs which include Lincolnshire West, Lincolnshire East, South Lincolnshire and South West Lincolnshire.

The same report goes on to detail how the groups look set to merge together into a new commissioning body which would come into effect from April 1.

John Turner, chief officer for the four CCGs, said the organisations would now work to establish the new body.

Turner was appointed to his position back in April 2019 in a move to help the organisations “work closely for the benefit of patients”.

He said: “We can confirm that NHS England and Improvement has agreed in principle to the proposed merger of Lincolnshire West, Lincolnshire East, South Lincolnshire and South West Lincolnshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), with a new Lincolnshire CCG to be established with effect from 1 April 2020.”

Adding: “We will continue to work hard to ensure the new CCG is properly established so it can deliver benefits for people across Lincolnshire.”

Under the plan, the four CCGs would merge to become NHS Lincolnshire CCG.

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