NHS Shake Up for North Yorkshire
7:00am 1st April 2013
The NHS in North Yorkshire has had a major shake up and a new structure starts today.
NHS North Yorkshire and York has been abolished with new smaller bodies of GPs taking over healthcare responsibilities.
There are two of these new clinical commissioning groups in the Minster FM area, NHS Vale of York which covers York, Selby, Tadcaster, Easingwold and Pocklington, and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale, which covers Malton, Pickering and the rest of Ryedale.
Dr Mark Hayes, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Vale of York CCG says:
“We’re very excited about our future as a commissioner and we are keen to make a positive difference to patients and to the way our local health and social care systems work together.
“We know we have some challenges to overcome, however we want our residents to be confident in our ability to manage these challenges and to make the right decisions on their behalf. We are looking forward to working with the public to develop our plans further and realise our vision of delivering the best health and wellbeing for everyone in the Vale of York,”
Dr Omnia Hefni, a GP based at Falsgrave Surgery in Scarborough and member of NHS Scarborough and Ryedale, said: “So much work has gone into developing our CCG over the last 18 months so it’s really exciting to finally reach the point where we will become responsible for commissioning local NHS services.
“Our role as a CCG is to ensure we commission the most appropriate and highest quality health services for local people and, because we work so closely with patients on a daily basis, we are the best placed to do this effectively.
“In Scarborough we face a number of challenges and we have already established a clear plan for how we will begin to tackle some of the health inequalities in the area.
“By working with local residents and involving them in the decisions we make, whilst at the same time building strong relationships with our partner organisations, I believe we can make great strides in improving the health and wellbeing of local people.”
Local councils will also take over responsibility for public health and helping people avoid becoming ill, so councils will now be in charge of school nurses, sexual health and drug and alcohol campaigns.
New watchdogs for patients have also been created with Healthwatch taking over from the old Local Involvement Network systems.
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