NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chair Dr Tony Banerjee has welcomed the recent news from the NHS Commissioning Board that the CCG has been fully authorised to become the local commissioner of NHS services for Hull residents.
NHS Hull is one of only 19 CCGs nationally in the second wave of authorisations to do so without any conditions following successful completion of the rigorous year long assessment process. The CCG is clinically led with a membership comprising local GP practices. It will have a budget of around £362m as it takes over the planning and commissioning of hospital, community health and mental health services from April onwards.
Local GP and chair of NHS Hull CCG, Dr Tony Banerjee, said:
“This is great news and I’m proud that the work already undertaken in Hull has received such a ringing endorsement by the NHS Commissioning Board. The new arrangements put local clinicians at the heart of the planning and development of local healthcare services. They will use their unique collective insight into the communities of Hull to work in partnership with patients and others to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. Working together in shadow form for the last 18 months has given invaluable preparation for the challenges and opportunities presented by the new arrangements.”
“I want to thank everyone within our GP community, partners and staff for their tireless efforts, commitment and support to help us successfully achieve this important milestone.”
Adding her own congratulations to all those involved, Emma Latimer, Chief Officer of NHS Hull CCG, said,
“Achieving authorisation is only the beginning. We know that there is a great deal of work to be done but a clinically-led collaborative approach is critical if we are to tackle health inequality and improve the quality of services available but to have performed so strongly in the NHS Commissioning Board assessments provides a great foundation on which to build.”
Note to editors:
• CCGs, set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, will from April 2013 replace the 152 primary care trusts that currently commission healthcare services. They are independent statutory bodies, led by their members: the GP practices in their area. All 8,000-plus GP practices in England will be members of a CCG, putting the majority of the NHS budget in the control of frontline clinicians for the first time.
• The NHS Commissioning Board is established by Parliament and is responsible for ensuring CCGs meet and maintain standards – as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Constitution and the NHS Outcomes Framework.
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