In 2018, NHS England and NHS Improvement told Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) that they would be reducing their administration costs by 20% by 31 March 2020. In turn, they asked all CCGs to reduce their own running costs by 20% in the same timescale.
As a result, proposals were outlined to merge five CCGs into two.
The County Durham and Tees Valley CCGs approached Healthwatch to help gather the views of local people during July 2019. These views will be taken into account and presented to the five CCG Governing Bodies to help them decide on a proposal to create a new CCG/s.
The local Healthwatch organisations involved in this engagement include:
- Healthwatch County Durham
- Healthwatch Darlington
- Healthwatch Hartlepool
- Healthwatch Middlesbrough
- Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland
- Healthwatch Stockton
The five CCGs include:
- NHS Darlington CCG
- NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG
- NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG
- NHS North Durham CCG
- NHS South Tees CCG
This report contains information on the current arrangements, the merger proposals, and feedback from respondents across the region.