Local NHS changes from 1 April 2013

THE reforms to the NHS which healthcare workers have been working towards will finally come to fruition and GPs will take charge of commissioning health services for their patients from 1 April 2013.

Primary Care Trusts remain accountable until 31 March 2013, when their functions will be taken over by the newly established NHS Commissioning Board, Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities, NHS Commissioning Support Unit and the NHS Property Company.

This is the biggest change to how healthcare is delivered in a generation. GPs and other health professionals will now be working together with experienced NHS managers to decide how commissioning decisions are made.

NHS South Essex, which is the clustering of the two previous PCTs (NHS South East Essex and NHS South West Essex), has been working with clinicians to help them prepare to take over commissioning of local health services.

Thurrock CCG:

www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk/index.aspx?p=X30412 thurrock.ccg@nhs.net

01375 465810

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