DOCTORS are one step closer to controlling health budgets in the Havant area.
The South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been told it will be one of 70 of the 212 CCGs nationwide to apply to take control.
It covers the A3 corridor covering Hayling Island to Bordon – taking in Waterlooville, Havant and Petersfield.
It is due to have a £312m budget to commission health services next year.
Chairwoman of the group Dr Barbara Rushton said: ‘We are working hard to gain authorisation from the NHS Commissioning Board in September.
‘It is at the heart of the government’s plan to create a healthcare system which aims to give patients more power, focus on healthcare outcomes and quality standards, and give front-line professionals much greater freedom and a strong leadership role.
‘GPs are ideally placed for this as we have a unique role in understanding the healthcare needs of our patients.
‘We want to build on this and design integrated services that offer the best quality of patient care.’
If the group is given the go-ahead, then from April next year it will replace primary care trust NHS Hampshire, which buys in healthcare services for the area.
It will work closely with the Portsmouth and Fareham and Gosport group.