Final two picked to make on health board

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THE doctor-led team that will shape future health commissioning for Portsmouth has completed its board line-up.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made the final two appointments to its governing body – a registered nurse and a secondary care doctor.

They are Dr Julie Cullen and Mr Tahwinder Upile, who have been appointed for an initial three years.

Chairman Dr Tim Wilkinson said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted by the extremely high calibre of both these appointments.

‘They both bring to us a wealth of knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of the NHS.’

CCGs are set to replace primary care trusts as the main commissioner of healthcare services from April 2013.

The move is a key part of the government’s planned health reforms, which aim to put GPs at the centre of planning services for their patients.