NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to decide merger proposal

The five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney will decide whether they wish to merge, in a series of meetings (week commencing 23 September 2019).

The CCGs’ Governing Bodies will each hold their routine meetings in public, and if they all choose to support the proposal they will jointly submit an application to NHS England. NHS England would then scrutinise the proposal and would normally be expected to offer a response by the end of October.

If this goes ahead, then the CCGs would come together to form one new NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for all of Norfolk and Waveney on 1 April 2020.

CCGs are responsible for commissioning NHS healthcare, which involves planning what services are appropriate for the local area, holding contracts with organisations such as hospitals to provide treatment to patients and monitoring quality and performance.

The Chief Officer of the five CCGs, Melanie Craig, said: “Our CCGs have achieved much since 2013 and we are absolutely determined that this will be strengthened and built upon, with locally-focussed commissioning of health services and strong leadership and guidance from doctors and nurses.”

Over the summer the CCGs held an online survey to gather feedback from members of the public, which will be summarised and presented to the Governing Bodies next week. There was also a formal request to vote on the proposal made to all of the 105 GP Practices in Norfolk and Waveney. 79 votes were cast and 72 voted in favour (91%), which is regarded as a very high ‘turnout’ and a high positive response.

Papers for the Governing Body meetings, which are available so far, are being published on the five CCG websites, with updates being added as soon as they are ready. All of the CCG meetings are being held in public.

Tuesday September 24th:

North Norfolk CCG - 9am-11am, Aylsham Care Trust, Aylsham.

Norwich CCG - 2pm-5pm, The Mancroft Room, City Hall. This will be preceded by the CCG AGM in the Council Chamber from 12.45pm.

South Norfolk CCG - 1.30pm, Bawburgh Village Hall, Stocks Hill, Bawburgh NR9 3LL

Thursday September 26th

West Norfolk CCG - 9.15am West Norfolk Deaf Association, 32b Railway Road, King's Lynn,

Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG - Beccles House, 1 Common Lane North, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9BN. The CCG will hold its AGM in the same building from 6.30pm.