Decision due on North Somerset healthcare merger with Bristol and Gloucestershire

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 August 2017

The CCGs say the merger will help GPs commission their own services.

The CCGs say the merger will help GPs commission their own services.

Healthcare services in North Somerset could soon be run by a single organisation which also looks after Bristol and Gloucestershire’s provision if a merger is approved next month.

The CCGs say the merger will help GPs commission their own services.The CCGs say the merger will help GPs commission their own services.

North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) may soon merge with the equivalent organisations in Bristol and South Gloucestershire so they can save administration costs.

The three organisations have already been working closely together in the past year, particularly since North Somerset CCG was rated inadequate by NHS England in 2016.

A formal merger for the North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) CCGs, which are responsible for organising healthcare in their respective areas, is now on the cards.

A statement released by the CCGs says: “The proposal was made following careful consideration of the potential risks and benefits which it would bring for local patients, our partners and the wider health and care system.”

MORE: Fears over healthcare quality as organisation rated inadequate.

North Somerset CCG’s financial position was one of the main reasons it was put into special measures by NHS England last year.

By sharing administrative costs, CCG leaders believe they can spend the money elsewhere to deliver improved services, and, therefore, a better experience for patients.

The CCGs also are working on a sustainability and transformation plan (STP) to transform healthcare across the whole BNSSG area in a bid to save millions of pounds.

It is thought the gap between spending and available funding will rise from £72million to £305.5million by 2021 if changes are not made.

The statement adds: “A merger would also help to progress our work to create a stronger, clearer and more consistent commissioning voice for our area, built on the strong foundations of locality-based, GP-led commissioning, and better able to drive forward the changes needed to deliver the resilient and sustainable NHS services local people need.”

The CCGs will put the merger before their members in September, asking for it to be approved.

The BNSSG already has a single chief executive and executive team acting for the three organisations.

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