A new clinically-led NHS organisation which will be responsible for the planning and purchasing of North Tyneside’s healthcare and health services will take on their new role from next week.From April 1, NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), led by family doctors and other medical staff from across a range of services, will become a new legal body with a budget of around £280 million to invest in local hospital and community health services for the benefit of the people of the borough.
The CCG represents 29 GP practices and will commission healthcare services for the 215, 000 population of the borough.
Dr John Matthews, North Tyneside GP and clinical chair for NHS North Tyneside CCG, said he was very pleased indeed that the CCG was taking on its new statutory role.
Dr Matthews said: “We’ve been preparing for this work for the last 18 months and this is reflected in the fact that we were one of six out of 63 CCGs recently authorised without conditions.
“A key commitment is the way we engage patients, the public, medical staff and North Tyneside Council and the community and voluntary sector in important decisions about how we improve healthcare and health services for the benefit of the people of the borough.
“We’re really excited to be taking on our new role, and as doctors, nurses and other medical professions working across different parts of the local NHS, we have close relationships with patients. This means we are in a good place to know the healthcare and health services which are needed to further improve the health of the local population.”