City GPs set to go official

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THE doctor-lead group that will shape the healthcare of Portsmouth could be among the first in the country to become fully authorised.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is one of 35 nationally – out of 212 proposed CCGs – seeking the status.

The city’s CCG, which is operating mainly in shadow form, is one of the first wave of applicants for authorisation to the NHS Commissioning Board.

Its pre-application review has been approved by the strategic health authority and it is working to submit its application this July.

The commissioning board is expected to visit Portsmouth in September and announce its decision a few weeks later.

If the bid is successful, it will become a statutory organisation next April and replace the primary care trust NHS Portsmouth, as the main commissioner of healthcare services in the city.

Dr Jim Hogan, Portsmouth CCG’s clinical lead, said: ‘We are determined to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, and make the best use of available resources at this difficult financial time.’