New Clinical Commissioning Group for East and North Hertfordshire
Monday 1 April 2013 marked the establishment of a new clinical commissioning group (CCG) for east and north Hertfordshire.
East and North Herts CCG is now responsible for commissioning – or buying - the majority of health services on behalf of 552,000 patients registered with a GP in Broxbourne, East Herts, most of North Herts (the exception being patients registered with practices in Royston whose health services are commissioned by Cambridgeshire CCG), Stevenage and Welwyn Hatfield. Along with neighboring Herts Valleys CCG it takes over responsibility from NHS Hertfordshire, the PCT, that closed its doors for the last time on 31 March.
East and North Herts CCG is one of two CCGs in Hertfordshire and was formed as part of the Government’s NHS 2010 reforms announced in the White Paper “Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS”. The creation of CCGs means that decisions about health services are now taken by groups of local GPs and other clinicians who have daily contact with patients using those services.
Dr Tony Kostick who is a GP in Stevenage and Chair of East and North Herts CCG said, “This is a really important day for East and North Herts CCG. We have been working hard for many months to make our organisation ready to take over responsibility for commissioning health services on behalf of the people who live in east and north Hertfordshire.
“We are committed to reducing the variation in provision of health services across the patch and driving up the quality standards of that service, by using clinical expertise and evidence to inform our commissioning decisions. We will work within the budget constraints of the current difficult economic climate in an open and transparent way, using patient groups and partnership working with clinical and other professional colleagues to help us make the difficult choices that lay ahead.
“On behalf of East and North Herts CCG I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in bringing our organisation to where it is today. We look forward to continuing to working together to make sure that we help local people to stay healthy and that they have access to good quality health services when they need them.”