Government backs £650m health body

PUBLISHED: 07:55 18 December 2012

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A NEW multi-million pound health body has been given the green light by the Government.

The Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will take over from NHS Somerset primary care trust in April as part of national reforms to the health service.

The CCG will have an annual budget of £650million and will be responsible for commissioning health services for 535,000 people.

It will have more opportunity to tailor healthcare needs for local people and ensure the quality of care is kept high.

Dr David Rooke, chairman of the new CCG, said: “We are listening to their views, stories and experiences to incorporate these into the design of local health services.

“If the NHS is to meet the growing needs of an ageing patient population and public expectations, with a constant level of national funding, we must find ways of delivering more with the same and not more of the same.”

A similar CCG programme has been set up in North Somerset, which will also come into effect in April.

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