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West Midlands CCGs begin merger process

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Which West Midlands CCGs are going down the merger path?

Three more clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are working towards an effective merger through ‘meeting in common’ from April next year.

The CCGs are South Worcestershire, Wyre Forest, and Redditch and Bromsgrove. Health Service Journal has reported that the CCGs already run all major committees jointly and share financial risk.

The planned convergence is expected to realise recurrent running cost savings of £500,000 annually.

All three CCGs are members of the same sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), alongside Herefordshire CCG, and are in a large and mostly rural area of the West Midlands.

Although taken together the three CCGs are predicted to meet their financial control total for 2017/18, when considered individually, Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG is rated inadequate and reporting a deficit.

Worcestershire Acute Trust, the area’s only acute provider, is also grappling with financial and performance challenges, particularly in urgent care.

Further information

HSJ: Three CCGs move towards merger