NHS trusts appoint chief officer

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THE GPs who will be responsible for serving the health needs of people in south east Hampshire have appointed their chief officer.

Richard Samuel, a highly-experienced senior manager, has been announced as the interim accountable officer for both South Eastern Hampshire and Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

From April next year, CCGs will replace primary care trusts across England as the main organisation for buying health services to meet patient needs – including services from hospitals such as the Queen Alexandra in Cosham.

Dr Barbara Rushton, chairman of the SEH CCG, said: ‘Richard has terrifically wide-ranging management experience in the health service.

‘His appointment will really help us press on with our agenda to improve health services for the 400,000 residents that we will be responsible for.’