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CCG co-operation to go ahead after GP 'no confidence' vote

Six CCGs in Staffordshire have agreed to share an accountable officer, despite the local LMC initially submitting a vote of no confidence because of the decision.

NHS Stoke-on-Trent, NHS North Staffordshire, NHS East Staffordshire, NHS Stafford & Surrounds, NHS Cannock Chase and NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCGs will now be sharing an accountable officer.

This comes after North Staffordshire LMC submitted a vote of ‘no confidence’ in NHS Stoke-on-Trent and NHS North Staffordshire CCGs over the decision.

GPs in the area were concerned that a joint accountable officer would see the £150m debt of the southern Staffordshire CCGs be combined with the £10m deficit of the CCGs in the north.

However, as Pulse reported, the vote of no confidence prompted several caveats to be added to the ballot, which the LMC then supported.

Dr Ruth Chambers, clinical chair of NHS North Staffordshire and NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCGs, told Pulse that a shared accountable officer will enable the area to provide 'new models of care that local GP leaders and others in primary care co-design'.

She said: 'The single commissioning structure will reduce CCG running costs and minimise duplication of commissioning work programmes.

'It’s good that after our membership event in Northern Staffordshire and continuing interactions with member practices and local leads, the majority of our practices endorse this way forward with specific caveats such as continuing and robust locality arrangements with locally sensitive commissioning decision making.'

Readers' comments (3)

  • If failed NHS Trust Medical Directors can be automatically promoted to CCG Chiefs and a whole battery of incompetent Trust officials continue to thrive in the CCGs as advisers and operational Heads while Heads of Primary Care/NHSE who are on record for saying they 'don't care what patients say' move around from one County to another and mutually change positions when things get hot and litigation is on the cards, the system can't survive. NHS is struck by a parasite which is being fed by the govt.
    Prof Hawkins' message clearly implies- Hunt is a dishonest opportunist who has replicas sitting at local levels of NHSE. This hydra must be liquidated by the government for NHS to survive. Can we trust the government to do the right thing? Guess not !

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  • Cobblers

    It makes a mockery of "CCGs run by GPs". The GPs vote no confidence in this yet the admindroids press ahead.

    Bale out boys and girls. It'll take you down with it when it sinks.

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  • Cobblers

    Dr Ruth Chambers stated "new models of care that local GP leaders and others in primary care co-design"

    So those local GP leaders will be you and your apparatchiks? Not the other GPs who voted no confidence in you then?

    Will your plan increase the number of coalface GPs and reduce patient demand?

    No? Thought not.

    It might reduce back office admin costs though? Would be more efficient and cheaper if you resigned.

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