FOUR clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have formed a partnership so they can work closer together.
Fareham and Gosport CCG, North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, North Hampshire CCG and South Eastern Hampshire CCG joined up earlier this month.
They held their first meeting last Thursday.
Dr David Chilvers, chairman of Fareham and Gosport CCG, said: ‘Working together is allowing us to share expertise, to be more effective and to reduce duplication.
‘As a result we are able to speed up the improvement of services for our patients.’
The four CCGs now share a single chief executive, Maggie MacIsaac.
She joined the NHS as a graduate nurse and has worked in many sectors of the NHS at a very senior level.
She said: ‘Working together as a partnership is already helping us to make a difference to the delivery of care for our communities. It will also simplify how we work with Hampshire County Council.’
The four CCGs commission health services for 850,000 people with a budget of £1.1bn.