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MERGER: Health care set to change in Harrow 

 Published on: 16th August 2019   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Health officials say a proposed merger between eight clinical commissioning groups (CCG) will improve patient care in Pinner and Stanmore.

Harrow CCG, which covers the Pinner and Stanmore area, will merge with seven other CCGs to streamline decision making and become more cost efficient.

The move is likely to happen next year or in 2021 and will improve patient care by addressing issues around health equalities depending on the area you are in. 

What it means for Stanmore is yet to be seen but already across the borough changes are happening, including the move away from walk-in centres and towards appointment-only health care. 

Mark Easton, Accountable Officer for the eight CCGs, said: “We are exploring the option of moving to a single CCG, with a view to merging the eight organisations.

“We can work more effectively for patients as a single statutory body. We have unwarranted variation in health outcomes and duplication across eight boroughs – by reducing this inefficiency we can improve quality and reduce inequalities. 

“We need to save money – the running cost reductions will make a small contribution to our savings requirement, but the more significant savings will come from reducing duplication and operating as an integrated rather than competitive system.

“We would of course retain a focus and a presence in each of the eight CCG areas and we would want local relationships and programmes to continue to be managed at local level.”

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