Health commissioners in Shropshire are considering an April deadline to submit a new application to form a single group.
There had been plans to dissolve both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin clinical commissioning groups to form the new organisation in April this year.
The Shropshire Star reported on how health commissioners were told that their application had been turned down because it was ‘not strong enough at this stage to proceed in this timescale’.
Now, the CCGs are looking to submit a revised application by April 30 and are hoping to become a single organisation in April 2021.
The news site detailed how though, if the keeps continue to maintain their separate names, they could actually choose to work as one sooner.
In a report to Shropshire CCG’s governing body, Alison Smith, director of corporate affairs for both CCGs, said: “The NHS England/NHS Improvement Panel provided some positive feedback on the application submission and some suggestions on how both CCGs could enhance the joint application.”
Adding: “The panel also made a firm offer to support the CCGs to make a further application earlier than the normal deadline of September 2020, as they believe our application can be enhanced to meet the 10 application criteria in full, if we continue to work at pace.”