Man chosen to lead new Portsmouth NHS body

NEW ROLE Dr Jim Hogan
NEW ROLE Dr Jim Hogan
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THE GPs who will take responsibility for commissioning health services in Portsmouth have announced the man who will lead them.

Dr Jim Hogan, who works at Lake Road Health Centre, will be the chief clinical officer – the top position – for the city’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

From April next year, CCGs are set to replace primary care trusts as the main commissioner of healthcare and health services for the city, including services operated by the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, which runs the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Dr Tim Wilkinson, chairman of the CCG Board, said: ‘Jim has vast experience as a GP in Portsmouth, spending most of his working life here. He has tremendous knowledge of the health issues and challenges facing Portsmouth, as well as the NHS and the way it works.’

Dr Hogan has worked on the CCG since the government unveiled its plans for health reforms two years ago.

Dr Hogan, 53, a father-of-four from Portsmouth, said: ‘It’s a great honour and privilege for me to lead the CCG at a time of incredible change in the NHS. It’s also a huge challenge which I’m delighted to take on. We are committed to working with all our partner organisations to ensure that, in health terms, the Portsmouth pound is spent wisely and in the best interests of the people we all most want to help – our patients.’