Local clinical commissioning group given the go-ahead to purchase healthcare services for Plymouth people
A NEW organisation has been given the go-ahead to take over commissioning healthcare services in the city from next month.
The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is celebrating after getting the all-clear to commission NHS services on behalf of the almost one million people in its area – including Plymouth.
In practical terms, the announcement means Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG is authorised to buy more than £1.1billion worth of healthcare services for people living in the area.
The CCG will take on these responsibilities from NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay on April 1 – the day after primary care trusts, which currently carry out the functions, are formally abolished.
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And the NHS body which officially authorised the group to carry out its statutory functions has done so without attaching any conditions.
In total, 43 of the 211 CCGs in the country have been authorised, meaning that they met all 119 criteria for authorisation.
A further 168 CCGs have been authorised with conditions meaning that they have some additional work to do before they fully meet the criteria.
In a letter to local GP and CCG chairman Dr Tim Burke, the NHS Commissioning Board offered its congratulations.
"On behalf of the NHS Commissioning Board I would like to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm from your CCG," the letter said.
Dr Burke welcomed the announcement.
"This is excellent news," he said. "It means that we have a firm foundation on which to build, working with the NHS, Local Government partners and the voluntary and independent sectors to commission the best possible services we can.
"Our vision is 'healthy people, living healthy lives, in healthy communities' and we will only achieve this if we put the patient at the heart of everything we do, working with people to deliver the right NHS services locally."
CCGs are tested on more than 100 areas by teams from the NHS Commissioning Board before being authorised.