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02 April 2013
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has ‘gone live’ this week, taking over formal responsibility for commissioning the majority of healthcare for the people of Bedfordshire.
The CCG is led by GPs, nurses and other local clinicians who are best placed to make decisions about how healthcare funds should be spent to provide the best possible care for the people they see in their surgeries every day.
Bedfordshire CCG takes over a budget of £430m with no conditions imposed from NHS England – only half of clinical commissioning groups can boast the same.
Clinical chair and accountable officer Dr Paul Hassan said: “There are, of course, major challenges ahead, huge financial pressures and some difficult decisions to take. But by joining forces as a clinical commissioning group and sharing responsibility for commissioning patient care, we can provide better, safer care for our patients.”