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CCGs in talks over biggest ever merger in England

Three CCGs in Birmingham and Solihull have said they are considering merging to create the largest group in England.

Teams from NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG – which is already the biggest in the country – NHS Birmingham South Central CCG and NHS Solihull CCG have been meeting over the past few weeks to consider how to work more effectively by developing a ‘single commissioning voice’.

The groups have considered five options, ranging from ‘do nothing’ to a single commissioning function across Birmingham and Solihull.

The CCGs said in a statement: ‘It was felt that achieving this single voice would be made possible through a functional coming together of the three CCGs, working effectively as one organisation.

‘This would lead to a greater ability to make the decisions needed to take on the challenges ahead.’

Accountable officers at each CCG will review all options for reorganising the CCGs before making a final recommendation to their governing bodies.

They said: ‘Through the unified commissioning voice, we need to ensure that we continue to focus on the needs of our local populations, while also gaining the benefits of commissioning health services across the whole of Birmingham and Solihull.

‘We believe that radical transformation will only be achieved by shifting resources into prevention, early intervention, communities and primary care.’


Readers' comments (10)

  • What is easier to pilot in the everchanging sea of primary care a speed boat or a supertanker.I wonder?Of course when a supertanker fails ther eis a natural disaster as we see when a speed boat sinks no one notices.

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  • ha ha ha

    expensive re-organisation to give 'local' voice and put those closest to care in charge. what a charade. it's back to pct size organisations again - as predicted as they offer economy of scale. 4-5 billion down the drain which could have gone to front line care.

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  • lets re-arrange some deck chairs

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  • Area Health Authority

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  • There is never any calculation of the costs of reorganisation. Not just the straight forward costs but the loss of institutional memory, the loss of skilled staff and the effect on morale. There is no magic bullet here - this just looks to me like a replay of the structures we had in the 1980s. Just accept the fact that reorganisations are never going to make things better- only an appropriate proportionate spend of GDP will do that.

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  • Interesting that the AOs are going to put a plan to the Governing Bodies. What happened to the voice of the membership?

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  • I bet if you did an audit how much the govt spends on NHS 'pilots' and similar experiments, the amounts would exceed the funding available for health services to at least one whole County.

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  • Vinci Ho

    ''Power is a lot like real estate
    It is about location , location, location
    The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value ''
    House of Cards season 1

    By definition , CCG is GP by default . If power and voices are shared , the bigger it goes , the more diluted they become......

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  • "Biggest ever"...until the North Central London ball starts rolling!

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  • Amusingly this is presented as a choice; they have been told what to do, the outcome is already known.

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