‘Looking out for patients’ during NHS shake-up

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THESE are some of the 
people who will be responsible for 
organising healthcare in Rugby from next year.

Currently the county’s NHS budget and services – such as hospital treatments – are organised by NHS Warwickshire Primary Care Trust. However, from April next year, the area’s GPs will be in charge of the NHS’s local budget. In Rugby’s case it will be the Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). They will have the power to commission services for patients from “any willing provider”, including NHS services, or – if they are cheaper or “more appropriate” – private companies.

Rugby’s CCG has appointed a chairman and three new lay members to the its governing body, to help shape the CCG as it works towards becoming an authorised body next year.

Dr Adrian Canale-Parola, an experienced Rugby GP, has been appointed as chair. He said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this position. These are very challenging times for the NHS, with the Government looking to save £20bn from its health care budget by 2014/15. It is inevitable that it will not be possible to provide everything people would ideally like to have, so it’s important that the reasons underpinning the decisions we will have to make are seen to be fair, justifiable, open and understandable to the public.”