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Berkshire CCGs begin merger process


8 October 2014

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Four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire are considering a merger, recent board papers show. 
Board papers posted on the Newbury and District CCG website state that a reconfiguration would "reduce the significant administrative burden and duplication".  
Newbury and District, together with West Reading CCG, South Reading CCG and Wokingham CCG are considering the change in order to "focus more strongly on clinical service improvements". 

Four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire are considering a merger, recent board papers show. 
Board papers posted on the Newbury and District CCG website state that a reconfiguration would "reduce the significant administrative burden and duplication".  
Newbury and District, together with West Reading CCG, South Reading CCG and Wokingham CCG are considering the change in order to "focus more strongly on clinical service improvements". 
If the reconfiguration is approved by NHS England, the merged CCG would operate as a single CCG with four localities. 
Each CCG would have a management group responsible for key decisions and financial management of previously agreed budgets. 
The board papers read: "At the time that the CCGs were established there was some recognition that having four CCGs could be inefficient and the issue of reconfiguration has therefore been keep under review. 
"Reconfiguration is now proposed in order to reduce the significant administrative burden and duplication that arises from running four statutory organisations and to use senior management time and clinical input more effectively." 
A consultation with GP councils and health and wellbeing boards in the area is currently underway. 
NHS England recently approved the merger of three CCGs in Newcastle and Gateshead. 

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