Agency takes first step
HEALTH bosses have taken a significant step towards setting up an agency that will shape medical care in Peterborough.
Members of the newly formed NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough Cluster Board agreed yesterday to establish a Shadow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in January, which will become fully responsible for healthcare across the whole of the county in 2013.
It follows a decision by the Government made earlier this year to scrap individual primary care trusts, such as NHS Peterborough. It was the new board’s first meeting, following the merger of the NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough management boards.
Chief Executive Sushil Jathanna said: “I describe the transition like a relay race, although unlike a relay race there’s no finishing line in this one.”
He added: “The success of a relay team doesn’t depend on the strengths of individual team members but on the seamless handover of the relay baton.
“The outcome will depend on how well we hand over the baton from the PCT to the emerging CCG.” Andy Vowles, di- rector of strategy and delivery, told members that after the Shadow CCG is set up there would be a period during which such matters as its structure would be agreed, along with the recruitment of key staff.
Up until March 31, 2013 when the PCTS are due to be abolished, the shadow CCG will gradually gain delegated powers so that it will have the chance to develop into the role.
By November 2012 it is hoped that the group will be ready to establish a permanent staffing structure so that it can become a statutory body by the March 2013 deadline.