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08/05/19

Have your say on local NHS changes

Views are being sought on a proposal to form one NHS clinical commissioning group (CCGs) for Bradford district and Craven to replace the three current CCGs.

The change will not affect any health or care services provided by NHS organisations or local councils across the area but aims to reduce the duplication of roles and governance that sit behind the scenes within the three organisations.

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Dr James Thomas, clinical chair for Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Districts Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Our main priority is, and always will be, our patients and the health and wellbeing of our local population. Having worked together across the three CCGs, with one management team and shared governance, this is the logical next step. We will not lose sight of the different needs of our varied communities and we will work with our new community partnerships so that local people’s needs, views and experiences remain at the heart of our decision making.”

Currently, the NHS CCGs covering Bradford district and Craven are:

Between them they plan healthcare services for over 600,000 people, working to enhance population health, tackle health inequalities and improve quality of life.

Helen Hirst, chief officer, for Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups, said: “All NHS organisations are required by NHS England and NHS Improvement to reduce their running costs by 20% by 31 March 2020, which means finding a saving of £2.5 million across Bradford district and Craven. By creating one single CCG, instead of the current three, we estimate we can reduce our costs by around £1 million – 40% of the savings that we need to make – and also reduce some of the bureaucracy that running three CCGs brings.”

The proposed new single clinical commissioning group will bring together 75 GP practices.

Full details about the proposals are available in the engagement document. 

To share your views on them, by no later than Sunday 9 June 2019, you can:

Once peoples’ views have been received, they will be summarised and presented to the council of members/representatives to help them decide on the proposal to form a single CCG.

This will take place at their meetings on 27 June 2019, and their decision will be announced shortly afterwards.

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