NHS CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney vote to merge


The governing bodies of the five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney look set to merge in April 2020.

Each considered the comments and feedback from about 250 people who responded to an online survey.

In addition, the 105 GP practices which form the membership of the CCGs were also asked to formally vote on the proposal.

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79 votes were cast and 72 voted in favour (91%), which is regarded as a very high ‘turnout’ and a high positive response.

Chief officer Melanie Craig, said: “Our CCGs have achieved much since they came into being in 2013 and we are absolutely determined that this will be strengthened and built upon, with locally-focussed commissioning of health services and strong leadership and guidance from doctors and nurses.”

While the clinical chairs of the five CCGs commented: “We have been united in our belief that creating one large CCG will help us address some of the bigger issues in Norfolk and Waveney, such as demand on our hospitals and improving quality of services.”

Adding: “Every CCG has delivered innovative and exciting improvements for our patients since 2013 and these are vital to our future as one strong CCG with distinct localities.”

Papers relating to the Governing Bodies meetings held in public are on each CCG’s website.

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