NHS groups get back­ing for merger

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FARMING -

FOUR NHS or­gan­i­sa­tions which com­mis­sion health ser­vices in Der­byshire have been granted ap­proval to merge.

NHS Eng­land has given the go ahead for Ash­bourne’s South­ern Der­byshire, North Der­byshire, Ere­wash and Hard­wick to merge in a bid to cut costs and im­prove ser­vices.

The new or­gan­i­sa­tion, Der­byshire CCG, would have a bud­get of £1.5 bil­lion, 396 staff, 117 GP prac­tices, and over­see 1,045,000 pa­tients when formed in April.

It is thought economies of scale can bring about £51 mil­lion in sav­ings by April, on top of around £70 mil­lion next year.

The com­bined or­gan­i­sa­tions have a deficit of £95 mil­lion – largely due to over­spends by the North Der­byshire and South­ern Der­byshire CCGS.

Dr Chris Clay­ton, the sole chief ex­ec­u­tive of the CCGS, is keen to see an end to du­pli­ca­tion of ser­vices and in­con­sis­ten­cies in health­care pro­vi­sion - which he says has led to a “post­code lot­tery”.

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