Healthcare changes begin across county

Andrew Bennett, chief officer at NHS Lancashire North clinical commissioning group,

Andrew Bennett, chief officer at NHS Lancashire North clinical commissioning group,

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NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) began commissioning healthcare on behalf of their local communities on April 1.

Every community in England is now covered by one of 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which will be led by GPs and will plan and commission hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of their local areas.

Together, CCGs will be responsible for £65 billion of the £95 billion NHS commissioning budget.

Groups of CCGs were authorised in December, January, February and March.

Andrew Bennett, Chief Officer for Lancashire North CCG, said: “Work to achieve authorisation has been on-going since the changes were announced in 2010.

“There has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes both from the outgoing Primary Care Trust and the clinicians who have formed the CCG. I am really happy that we are now able to put all this work into practice so we can focus on getting the best health services possible.”