Therese has written to all GP practices and Patient Participation Groups in the northern part of her constituency, to seek their views on the proposed merger of Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG with Norfolk’s four other CCGs to create a super clinical commissioning group by April 2020.
Therese said: “I have real concerns with the proposed merger being put forward by the five CCGs. My recent experience of Great Yarmouth and Waveney is one which has let patients down in Halesworth, Southwold, Reydon and the surrounding rural area by not doing what they promised on improving care for patients before closing down the two community hospitals.”
Therese is seeking the opinion of medical professionals and representatives of patients on rejecting the merger, with the option to join the other East Suffolk partnership, the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG.
Therese added: “I am concerned that this part of Suffolk may receive even less attention than it does now if this merger goes through. I think that our small part of Suffolk would be well down the priorities of this super CCG. I encourage everyone to respond to the consultation which closes on September 6th."
Unless she is convinced otherwise by clinicians and patients, it is Therese’s current intention to oppose the merger in her reply to the consultation.
The consultation can be found at - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NorfolkandWaveneyCCGProposal/
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