NHS gears up for changes

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THE biggest shake-up in the history of the NHS is to begin.

From Monday, Clinical Commissioning Groups take responsibility for planning and buying healthcare services.

In Hampshire, there are seven CCGs replacing three primary care trusts – NHS Hampshire, NHS Southampton City and NHS Portsmouth.

The NHS Commissioning Board comprises area teams, with the Wessex Area Team covering Hampshire.

These teams will take on direct commissioning responsibilities for GP services, dental services, pharmacy and optometry. Other core functions include emergency planning, quality and safety, and system oversight.

Each authority, which takes control of public health, will have patient-support group called HealthWatch.