GP group that covers South East Hants gets a new name

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THE group which represents GPs who shape the future of health services including Hayling Island has a new name.

The former A3 GP Commissioning Group is now known as the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr Barbara Rushton, chairman, said: ‘Our CCG represents 30 GP practices from Hayling Island in the south to Bordon and Bentley Village in the north.

‘We wanted an appropriate name which reflects the area we serve, but it would be impossible to list all the towns in such a large area.’

The CCG board is made up of doctors in the county.

Dr Rushton added: ‘It’s a huge challenge, but one that my five colleague GPs on the CCG board and I are determined to tackle, so that we can commission the best possible healthcare and services for the 211,000 people who live in our area.’

The change of name comes as part of wider plans to reform the way the NHS is run.

The government is replacing all primary care trusts with CCGs by April 2013.

The CCG will be the commissioners of health services for residents.

South Eastern Hampshire CCG will take responsibility for £177m of the NHS budget from the county’s primary care trust – NHS Hampshire.