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South east London Clinical Commissioning Groups' application to merge approved

The six south east London CCGs (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark) have received approval for their application to NHS England and Improvement to merge from 1 April 2020. 

The approval follows a period of engagement with governing bodies, member practices, local people, partner organisations and other stakeholders starting in February 2019 during which the proposals were developed and refined. The CCG governing bodies agreed to support the proposals at their September meetings and the member practices voted in favour in October.

The CCGs will continue to engage with stakeholders on shaping the approaches of the single CCG and they are currently working with CCG staff and partners to develop potential structures.

Andrew Bland, Accountable Officer for the south east London CCGs said: "We are delighted to receive the go ahead for our merger proposals to create a single CCG serving over 1.9m people across the six boroughs of south east London.  

"In south east London, the ability to operate at multiple scales simultaneously is critical.  Our new CCG represents a package of changes in our commissioning approach that will allow us to respond to the very different needs of our local populations at neighbourhood level; work in even greater partnership with our local authorities in each borough; and commission services for those patient pathways that span the entire south east London integrated care system - with providers that serve many if not all of our boroughs.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in this programme of work. I know we are all keen to ensure that the legacy of all the excellent work in each of our CCGs is strengthened and built on in the local and south east London wide arrangements for a single CCG."