GPs across the region have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a draft constitution for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG).
Following a period of intensive engagement with GPs the constitution was co-produced and sets out the way members will work with a single CCG from April 2021. Support for the draft constitution is an important step in the formation of the new CCG which will take over responsibility for commissioning NHS health and care services throughout BLMK.
Dr Nicola Smith, Chair of BLMK CCGs, said: “We are delighted to confirm that not only did we have a very high turnout across all three areas, we had unequivocal support of the draft constitution for the single CCG. GP leadership and membership has always been at the heart of our organisations, and will continue to strengthen as we move into the new CCG.”
In total there are 98 GP practices in BLMK and all had the opportunity to take part in a constitutional vote at the end of August. The results for each CCG are below:
|CCG||Outcome||% of votes yes||% turnout|
Bedford GP Dr Roshan Jayalath is part of the working group involved in developing health policies for the region.
“The overwhelming support from GPs shows how they recognise the creation of a single CCG will be good for patients and local services,” he said. “It will allow access to more national funding, address health inequalities and give GPs more influence over the provision of health services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.”
The draft constitution will now be put before the Governing Body Committee in Common for approval in September.
Further engagement is taking place with local stakeholders about the proposal to form a single CCG and how to achieve the best health outcomes for people across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
The public can also have their say about the proposal by completing a short survey, which is open until 13 September 2020.
For more information contact:
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative
In November 2018/19, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes formed a new Commissioning Collaborative. This partnership, which has created a single executive team leading the three CCGs while retaining their independence and local accountability, enables the executive team to look at commissioning differently and will see the CCGs move towards a more transformational approach – working with partners both within and outside of the NHS to ensure that we deliver the right care locally.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for their residents. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services. CCG’s are run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All GP practices are members of their CCG.