Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England have come together to form a new Joint Committee to make decisions on general practice (GP) services.
It’ll have responsibility for a number of things, including deciding whether to establish new GP practices and mergers.
Andy Vowles, Chief Strategy Officer of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG told Connect FM:
” GPs are the backbone of the NHS, they deal with a huge volume and variety of patient care and most of the time people are not referred to other parts of the NHS. So it is really important that we get it right; that we commission the right services for patients and that we have sustainable models of care for the future.
“As a CCG we felt that there were lots of benefits for closer working with NHS England. The CCG is a membership organisation made up of the 107 GP practices that cover Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, so we are really well placed to understand the pressures that GP services are under, as well as being able to take a whole system view of how GP services fit into the wider mix of healthcare including hospital, community, and mental health services.”