Warwickshire CCGs get set for streamlining merger

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Warwickshire’s three CCGs could be set to merge within the next 18 months.

The merger proposed sets out efforts to ‘streamline services’ and reduce running costs.

According to report in the Rugby Advertiser, members of South Warwickshire CCG have already voted in favour of the move.

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It detailed how next month will see a vote by the Warwickshire North and Coventry and Rugby groups and an agreement would see the new unified CCG in place for April 2021.

Gillian Entwistle, chief officer for the South Warwickshire CCG, updated councillors at this week’s Coventry and Warwickshire joint health overview and scrutiny committee.

She said: “We are considering options for the future and the decision rests with our members – our GP practice members. We want to be able to streamline our resources which will enable us to have cohesive planning.”

The local news outlet went on to describe that as part of a presentation to the committee she listed a number of benefits of a merger.

Those included improved efficiency, sharing workload and expertise, offering better value and having a single voice for both partners and the public.

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