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THE chairman of a health group that will buy in services for the area has vowed to make sure government reforms benefit residents.

The pledge has been made by Dr Barbara Rushton, chairman of the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which covers Waterlooville, Havant and Petersfield.

The Liphook GP met two of the three MPs whose constituencies form part of the group’s area, and told East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds and Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery that she and her board faced a big challenge.

She said: ‘We’ve got a lot to learn and we are moving forward at a huge pace, but I strongly believe it will work – and that patients will benefit.

‘We are working closely together with two neighbouring CCGs, Portsmouth and Fareham and Gosport, to cover issues around the Portsmouth area, where we have a combined interest in the acute hospital – Queen Alexandra – which we will all commission services from.’

From April 2013, CCGs will commission health services.