The NHS in North Lancashire and South Cumbria has announced changes to the arrangements for planning and buying local health services.
From 1st April 2017, NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will take responsibility for commissioning the majority of local health services for people living in the localities of Furness, South Lakeland, Carnforth, Morecambe, Lancaster and Garstang.
The changes come after NHS Lancashire North CCG and NHS Cumbria CCG submitted proposals in 2016 to NHS England to alter their boundaries, combining their resources for commissioning across the whole of Morecambe Bay.
Andrew Bennett, Chief Officer of the NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, said: “Both CCGs have worked closely on the “Better Care Together” strategy for Morecambe Bay over the past three years in conjunction with our partners in the local hospitals, community health services and general practices.
“By bringing our commissioning teams together across the area, we believe we will make better use of resources, remove duplication and apply a consistent approach to health services across Morecambe Bay.”
Dr Alex Gaw, GP in Morecambe and Clinical Chair of the NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, said: “We want to make sure that local health services work much better together. We know that we need to get the most out of each pound of NHS funding as well as help our communities to be as healthy as possible.
“Through this boundary change, we believe we can support the work of the healthcare system across Morecambe Bay, both now and in the future.”