Portsmouth health trust approved to go it alone

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THE trust that will be in charge of health budgets for the city has been given the green light to become a stand-alone organisation next year.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is one of the first in the country to be officially authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board on behalf of the government.

It is one of only 35 of the 212 CCGs nationally that will go ‘live’ from April next year.

The CCG will replace NHS Portsmouth – the city’s primary care trust – as the main planner and commissioner of health services in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth CCG, headed by Dr Jim Hogan, will have a budget of around £260m.

It will be spending around £30,000 every hour on health services.