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Green light for formation of Bradford district clinical groups
2:00pm Tuesday 5th February 2013 in Local news
The three organisations which will commission healthcare services in the Bradford district from April have been given the green light to become fully established.
It has been announced that Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Bradford Districts CCG have been authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board without any conditions. Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG has been authorised with one condition around its capacity to manage arrangements for commissioning support, which is being resolved through ongoing recruitment.
The announcement follows an intensive assessment period to ensure the CCGs can commission hospital, community health and mental health services.
The assessment included reviewing policies, carrying out site visits, interviewing leaders and assessing work with stakeholders, patients and the public.
The clinical leaders from the three CCGs welcomed the announcement, which was made as part of the second of four waves of authorisation across the country.
“This is great news for everyone who has worked so hard and supported the CCG to get to this stage,” said Dr Phil Pue, of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG.
Clinical chairman of Bradford City CCG, Dr Akram Khan, said: “We are delighted that we are now authorised and able to take on our full duties – to continue working together to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people and reduce health inequalities.”
Clinical chairman of Bradford Districts CCG, Dr Andy Withers, added: “This is the next stage of our journey and we are passionate about keeping patients at the heart of everything we do, improving services for local people and making experiences of using them better.”
Set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, CCGs will replace the 152 primary care trusts that commission healthcare services.
They are independent statutory bodies, governed by their members: the GP practices in their area. The governing bodies of the CCGs are made up of doctors, other clinicians including a nurse and secondary care specialist, members of the public, a chief officer and a chief finance officer.