GPs in Dudley Granted Powers to Decide Where to Spend Health Budget
The independent NHS Commissioning Board has decided to hand over the responsibility to deal with the health budget to the GPs in Dudley.
The powers earlier with the primary care trust (PCT) called NHS Dudley shall be transferred to the newly formed Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the April next year. Similar events will take at the other PCTs in the country as a part of the new move.
Under the change, NHS has decided to replace the 152 PCTs in the country by 221 CCGs beginning in April 2013. As of now, 34 CCGs have been given the approval and shall be beginning with their operation after April 1 next year.
"The last few months working in shadow form has given clinicians in Dudley the opportunity to work together to genuinely make a difference to the way local services are provided", said Dr. David Hegarty, the CCG Chairman of Dudley.
The CCG in Dudley comprises 52 facilities and controls the budget of £400m for the 300,000 people in the region. According to NHS, the move will help to provide the patients with benefits while it asserted that the officials are happy to pass on the authority to control the expenses to the GPs.