Merger plans for Cheshire East healthcare services
The four groups who are responsible for buying healthcare services for patients in Cheshire East and West plan to merge by April 2020.
Governing body members of NHS Eastern Cheshire, Vale Royal, South Cheshire and West Cheshire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will all vote on whether the merger should go ahead.
In a joint statement, the groups said: “The four CCGs share an ambition to develop better integrated care across Cheshire, bringing together health and social care to provide joined up services and care for our local communities. A paper detailing the progress to date on development of integrated care partnerships will be presented by each CCG to their individual four governing bodies in order to update them and to put forward recommendations for a single commissioning organisation across Cheshire. The outcomes of the discussions around these recommendations will then be shared with the GP membership organisations of each CCG for further discussion and decision making.”
A report created on the merger states that having one CCG will mean that all patients will be able to access care closer to home and with the same standards and outcomes. It’s also expected that there will be long-term financial savings from the move.