THE new NHS body commissioning healthcare for the people of Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands today reached the important milestone of becoming fully authorised.
It means that North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is led by family GPs and local clinicians, fully meets all the Government’s 119 authorisation criteria.
When the CCG was initially authorised on April 1 it had two conditions attached. This meant it still had to meet all the criteria and was working with NHS England to achieve full authorisation.
Dr Mark Shapley, the CCG’s Clinical Chair said: “We are obviously delighted by today’s announcement by NHS England.
“This significant achievement will allow local clinicians with our highly skilled professional managers and members of the public to create a quality NHS tailored to the needs of the people of North Staffordshire.
“This achievement has been the result of over two years of hard work on behalf of local patients.”
North Staffordshire CCG represents 33 GP practices and is responsible for buying health services for a population of 213,000 people in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme