liverpoolecho.co.uk 14 Jan, 2021 14:30 am

Big NHS changes will 'affect 60-70 jobs' if proposal is approved

Big NHS changes will 'affect 60-70 jobs' if proposal is approved
But safeguards will be in place to protect the staff members affected

Currently, the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside is split into nine Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which plan and buy healthcare services for their local areas.5m residents of the nine boroughs which make up Cheshire and Merseyside will have their healthcare services commissioned by just one authority.Mr Banks acknowledged that the nine boroughs of Cheshire and Merseyside had very distinct needs, given the differences in wealth and health across the region, and made a commitment to fully involve Wirral Council in the reorganisation process locally going forward.At a Wirral Council committee meeting last night, Simon Banks, chief officer of NHS Wirral CCG, said the move will affect between 60 and 70 people in terms of future employment.

It is hoped that consolidating the different commissioning groups into one will help the NHS to share ideas across the region, tackle health inequalities and improve the lives of the poorest fastest.The chief officer did not elaborate on specifically what the impact on jobs may be with many decisions still to be made at this stage, but he did say that safeguards will be in place to protect the staff members affected.

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