Pathfinder CCG chairman tells health secretary it has been forced to merge

A chairman of a pathfinder clinical commissioning group (CCG) has told health secretary Andrew Lansley that it had been pressured to merge.

Speaking at a joint National Association of Primary Care/NHS Alliance event in London last week, Dr Stewart Findlay, Durham Dales CCG chairman, said: ‘We have one local authority which has decided that it wants one CCG, the clinical senate will have a similar view. We feel it will prevent us from the sort of grouping that is the right way forward for us.’

A colleague from the Wirrall criticised the DoH’s ready reckoner for CCGs, which allows them to work out the funds available to them, defaulting to populations of 300,000.

Mr Lansley said it would have been fairer to have defaulted to 200,000 because that is the current average population.

Mr Lansley said it was right for CCGs to consider which functions could be shared across bodies.

But he said that it was not always necessarily the case that CCGs and local authorities needed to share boundaries.

Commissioning czar Dame Barbara Hakin said the only purpose of the 300,000 population default was to provide illustrative figures but said this would be changed if people were unhappy.

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