Health care groups to merge in 2018 to aid efficiency

November 24 2017

NHS leaders have approved the merger of the organisations responsible for planning and buying the majority of health care services in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.

NHS leaders have approved the merger of the organisations responsible for planning and buying the majority of health care services in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.

Each area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) will be involved in the amalgamation, becoming a single organisation from April 2018.

Primary care will continue to be at the centre of the new CCG, with decisions continuing to be guided by local GPs, acting as advocates for and representatives of their patients.

Dr Jonathan Hayes, the clinical chairman for South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “Although we already work very closely together, with a single chief executive and executive team, merger will give new impetus to our work to transform and improve services on behalf of local patients.”

The move is expected to lead to the provision of more consistent services for patients across a wider geographical area, as well as more efficient use of resources.

 Together, the groups are responsible for planning and purchasing health care services for 968,000 residents.

They include urgent and emergency care, planned hospital care, community health services, rehabilitation services, maternity and new-born services, infertility services, mental health services and continuing healthcare for people with ongoing needs.