Local health leaders to take on powers to commission GP services

Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for buying secondary care - which includes things like the healthcare provided by hospitals – will begin ‘joint commissioning’ GP services in April after their application was approved by NHS England.

The new responsibilities mean the CCG will work alongside NHS England to make decisions about which GP services to buy for the population of Stafford and the surrounding villages, either through a joint committee or ‘committees in common.’

CCG Chair to stand down in Stafford

The Chair of the organisation responsible for buying in health services for patients in the Stafford area has announced she is to stand down.

Dr Anne-Marie Houlder, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group, will leave the organisation on 31 May 2015, after 18 months at the helm.

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