Dr James Thomas, clinical chair of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “Creating one CCG will not affect the delivery of frontline patient services. However, during engagement we heard that some people were concerned about our ability to continue to make decisions about services, and retain funding for them, at a very local level.
“We want services to be increasingly more relevant to the needs of the communities we serve and have strong community partnerships in place to achieve this. These involve local people as well as health, care and wider support services and will continue to ensure localism and help to drive accountability within the new CCG.”
Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair of Bradford City CCG, said: “Becoming one CCG in Bradford district and Craven will improve efficiency and effectiveness, at the same time reducing bureaucracy and helping to achieve around 40% of the savings needed. This comes mainly from reducing the number of people who hold statutory positions, along with a fall in the costs associated with running three CCGs.”
Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair of Bradford Districts CCG said: “One CCG for Bradford district and Craven will give us a stronger voice in the new strategic partnerships between local statutory and other organisations, and in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. It will provide a fresh opportunity to re-think and evolve the way that we commission services and to invest time, effort and energy into working with our partners.”
The CCGs’ governing bodies – which meet as committees-in-common - will discuss the plans next week, prior to a formal application being made to NHS England.
Subject to approval by NHS England, it is anticipated that a new CCG for Bradford district and Craven will be fully operational on 1 April 2020.