THE future of healthcare in Milton Keynes will be in the hands of GPs with the launch of a groundbreaking Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to take over from the Primary Care Trust.
The new GP-led clinical commissioning system will focus on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience that health bosses hope will improve the way the NHS helps people in Milton Keynes.
It means that the panel will be responsible for planning and purchasing NHS services for the benefit of people in need of healthcare.
Milton Keynes is one of 67 CCGs in the second wave of authorisation to be given the all clear to take over from the PCT in April.
Dr Nicola Smith, the Clinical Chairman of Milton Keynes CCG, said it faces some tough decisions ahead to get the health service in the town to a standard it is happy with.
“It’s fantastic news that Milton Keynes CCG has now passed all the stages to become an accountable body and we hope most of our outstanding conditions will be removed by April 2013,” she said.
“Now we can concentrate on the important things as we prepare to take over from NHS Milton Keynes in April.
“There will be difficult decisions to be made – we have a tough financial climate, our hospital services are under immense pressure and we have an ageing population, and this can’t be ignored.
“But the most important thing for us is ensuring that people across Milton Keynes have access to high quality safe NHS services which meet their needs. This is what we must focus on as we move forward.”
Mark Millar, chief executive of Milton Keynes Hospital added his support for the CCG and has been working with the group to ensure a smooth transition.
He said: “Milton Keynes Hospital congratulates Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group on its authorisation.
“We have been building relationships with colleagues at the CCG and look forward to working with them towards achieving our aim of continuing to provide quality care to local patients.”
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