Suffolk health bosses back NHS shake-up which would see three CCGs share staff and leadership

Full story in East Anglian Daily Times, 27 March 2018

Health leaders have unveiled their vision for a new partnership which would see three NHS groups link up and share leadership.

Governors at the Ipswich and East Suffolk clinical commissioning group (CCG) have announced their backing for a regional shake-up involving the neighbouring West Suffolk and North East Essex CCGs.

Under the proposals all three groups – responsible for planning some NHS services including GP practices – will have a shared committee, recruit a single accountable officer and occasionally share staff.

Chiefs set out their vision for the collaboration at a public meeting – with all members of the governing body voting in its favour.

Recruitment for a single officer to oversee all three groups will begin soon and should be completed by August, said Amanda Lyes, chief corporate services officer for the Suffolk CCGs.

Joint committee members should also be in post by the end of the summer.