GPs in North Lincolnshire can spend the region's NHS budget after plans are approved
North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been given the go-ahead to allow local GPs to take control of the NHS budget in North Lincolnshire from April 2013.
North Lincolnshire CCG is one of 67 CCG's nationally to achieve authorisation in Wave 2 and one of only 19 to do so with no conditions attached.
From April 1, 2013 the CCG will replace NHS North Lincolnshire as the organisation that, working with local residents, will decide which health services should be commissioned and provided for their local populations.
Allison Cooke, chief officer of the North Lincolnshire CCG said: "This is fantastic news for both the CCG and the population of North Lincolnshire. By achieving authorisation with no conditions it provides reassurance to the residents of the area that their local health care is in safe hands going into the future.
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"Now we have achieved this significant milestone the CCG can really focus on working with local people to develop first class health care for North Lincolnshire."
The introduction of CCGs is part of the national NHS reforms that aim to put local GPs and other clinicians at the heart of developing local services that meet the needs of the local population.
The CCG is made up of representatives from all 21 GP practices in North Lincolnshire and allows local health professionals the freedom to develop services in a way that best meets the needs and wishes of local people.
Dr Margaret Sanderson, chair of the CCG added: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped the CCG achieve authorisation. Throughout the process of setting up the CCG we have engaged with our local community and as such we have developed an organisation that we feel best meets the needs of our area. It really is great news for the whole of North Lincolnshire.
"We now need to continue to work hard to make sure the CCG reaches its potential in providing the area's residents with the highest quality health services."