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Merger of NHS commissioning groups in the Tees Valley and County Durham formally approved

25/03/2020

The merger of the three collaborating NHS commissioning organisations in the Tees Valley has been formally approved.

From 1 April 2020, NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will replace NHS Darlington CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and NHS South Tees CCG. The new CCG will serve a population of around 700,000 people with a budget of approximately £1.2bn.

Mr David Gallagher has been confirmed by NHS England as the Accountable Officer for the new NHS Tees Valley CCG.

Mr Gallagher said: “The merger of the three commissioning organisations will harness our already strong record of working closely together and with our partners across the Tees Valley for the benefit of the local population.

“We will continue to prioritise our work in transforming services that reduces health inequalities and unnecessary duplication and that will improve efficiency to enable greater investment in frontline services.”

The new CCG will retain a focus on local people and local services. This will be driven by the Governing Body, which will continue to have representation from GP practices, lay membership for public and patient involvement, local clinical leaders and senior managers.

The CCGs’ new website, www.teesvalleyccg.nhs.uk will launch from 1 April.

Merger of NHS commissioning groups in County Durham formally approved

The merger of the two collaborating NHS commissioning organisations in County Durham has been formally approved.

NHS England’s formal approval means that, as of 1 April 2020, NHS County Durham CCG will replace NHS Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield CCG and NHS North Durham CCG.

The new CCG will serve a population of around 550,000 people with a budget of approximately £1bn. Dr Neil O’Brien has been confirmed by NHS England as the Accountable Officer for the new NHS County Durham CCG as well as for NHS South Tyneside CCG and NHS Sunderland CCG.

Dr Neil O’Brien said: “The merger of the two Durham CCGs into a single ‘coterminous’ CCG with Durham County Council will harness our already strong record of working closely together for the benefit of the local population. “We will continue to prioritise our work in transforming services that reduces health inequalities and unnecessary duplication and that will improve efficiency to enable greater investment in frontline services.”

The new CCG will retain a focus on local people and local services. This will be driven by the Governing Body, which will continue to have representation from GP practices, lay membership for public and patient involvement, local clinical leaders and senior managers. The CCGs’ new website, www.countydurhamccg.nhs.uk will launch From 1 April.

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