New chief officer for clinical commissioning groups in Gosport and Fareham

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GPs in Fareham and Gosport have appointed their new chief officer.

Richard Samuel has been appointed interim accountable officer for the South Eastern Hampshire (SEH) and Fareham and Gosport (F&G) Clinical Commissioning Groups.

He will spend his time working with both groups and will report to Dr Barbara Rushton at SEH and Dr Koyih Tan at F&G.

Next year commissioning groups will replace Primary Care Trusts across England as the main organisation for buying health services, including services from acute hospitals such as the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Mr Samuel, an experienced manager in the NHS, said: ‘I am delighted to take on the role as chief officer for the two groups.

‘In my work with practices, patient groups and other partners over the course of the last year I have seen the potential impact and benefits that clinically-led commissioning can bring about for local people.

‘I share the drive, determination, energy and enthusiasm of the boards of both commissioning groups to make a real and lasting difference to the provision of healthcare and health services.’