Health body a step closer towards provision of services
THE Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group is one step closer to planning and buying health services for people living in the Boston area.
The CCG is the second of four emerging organisations in Lincolnshire that has completed a rigorous scrutiny exercise set by the National Commissioning Board (NHSCB) known as authorisation.
This process makes sure CCGs are well equipped to take over the responsibilities of local PCTs (like NHS Lincolnshire) on April 1, 2013 by assessing them against 119 criteria.
The NHSCB granted Lincolnshire East CCG authorisation with five conditions. It will now need to recruit a hospital doctor to its Governing Body, finalise its plans, financial arrangements and produce further plans for the on-going development of its leaders.
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Once the NHSCB is fully satisfied with the CCG's performance and ability to invest in the right health services for local people the CCG will become fully authorised on April 1 2013.
Lincolnshire East CCG, which covers East Lindsey and Boston, will hold a budget of more than £300 million to spend on healthcare for the population it serves. This includes community, mental health and hospital services.
Dr Brynnen Massey, Chair for Lincolnshire East CCG said: "We are delighted to be one step closer to take on more responsibility of our own local health services. The 30 GP practices which make up Lincolnshire East CCG will work together to improve the health of people living in the area.
"Our priorities include screening more people for cancer and helping fewer people have strokes. We want to provide more health care in the community where possible, listen to what our patients want whilst improving the quality of services."