Public views sought on merger of local NHS spending bodies

Reading people have from 10 October until 1 December to have their say on the plans.
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The public and local GPs are being asked to have their say about proposals to change how NHS services are planned and funded for Reading people.

An 'engagement document' and survey was published on 10 October 2019, inviting comments by 1 December 2019, on plans to create one single 'accountable officer' for three NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), followed by a more formal merger of the groups by 2021.

At the moment, most of Reading’s NHS spending is decided by Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) – made up of all local GP practices and headed by a chief officer, Cathy Winfield. Under the proposals, there would be only one joint accountable officer, for Berkshire West CCG, Buckinghamshire CCG and Oxfordshire CCG. The Bucks and Oxfordshire CCGs currently share one chief execuitve.

This would be followed by a merger of all three CCGs, to line up with the Buckingshamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS), a new NHS strategic body. It would also help CCGs meet a government target to cut 20 per cent of their running costs.

Healthwatch Reading will publish its formal response to the plans by 1 December 2019.

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