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CCG chief steps down, citing mounting workload


26 January 2016

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The chief of a south-eastern clinical commissioning group (CCG) has decided to step down, citing the increasing pressures of general practice and struggle to maintain work-life balance.

Dr Neil Modha, chief clinical officer for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG – who has worked at the group for four years – will only remain until the next accountable officer is found.

The chief of a south-eastern clinical commissioning group (CCG) has decided to step down, citing the increasing pressures of general practice and struggle to maintain work-life balance.

Dr Neil Modha, chief clinical officer for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG – who has worked at the group for four years – will only remain until the next accountable officer is found.

“This will allow me to rebalance and refocus my work and family commitments. Over the last year, since the joy of my daughter being born, it has been increasingly difficult to devote as much time as I would like to her and my family, and to meet my commissioning and clinical commitments," Modha said. 

"When I started the role in 2012 my general practice looked after 12,000 patients and we currently look after 19,000, which has led to a greater demand on my time both clinically and in terms of leadership,” he added.

This comes after the British Medical Association (BMA) announced that there will be an “extraordinary meeting of representatives of local medical committees (LMCs), which represent the interests of GPs in their localities” will occur this Saturday in London to address GP workload.

LMCs can be called upon by the BMA GPs committee – or by one-sixth of LMCs – to debate any exceptional issue affecting the profession.

The special conference will “address the fact that general practice is at a critical juncture, with unsustainable workload pressures that are preventing GPs from delivering adequate and quality care to patients,” the BMA stated.

Maureen Donnelly, chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said: “I am sad to see Neil stand down from this important position, but totally understand his need to rebalance his work and family life. He has shown huge commitment to the organisation and worked incredibly hard… I wish him well for the future and hope that he can continue to be involved locally.”

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