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THE GPs who will take responsibility for commissioning health services in Portsmouth have announced more recruits.

Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed Innes Richens and Jo Gooch as chief operating officer and chief finance officer.

The decision follows interviews held by the CCG board on July 25. Mr Richens and Mrs Gooch previously held senior managerial posts with NHS Portsmouth.

Dr Jim Hogan, who was recently appointed chief clinical officer for the CCG, said: ‘We’re delighted to have appointed Innes and Jo as our two most senior officer appointments.

‘They know both Portsmouth and the local NHS inside out and their experience and knowledge will be invaluable to us in shaping the CCG and taking it forward so we can achieve our main objectives of improving health care and health services.’

CCGs will replace primary care trusts as the main commissioner of health care for the city.