Wisbech doctors could be moving into Norfolk

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Doctors’ surgeries in Wisbech could be joining forces with the people who buy West Norfolk’s health services.

West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group is looking into the possibility of taking on four practices in the town.

The surgeries are currently part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

Chairman of the Wisbech Local Commissioning Group Dr Andrew Wordworth said: “We commission services for our patients from across the county, but they do also receive a number of services from across the border, so it does make sense that we work closely with our border CCGs, such as over the new GP out of hours and 111 service from autumn this year.”

A report to the West Norfolk governing body states that bringing Wisbech into the group would be a logical move.

It states: “Maintaining a sustainable NHS organisation in the current financial climate is a challenge for commissioners and providers alike.

“As the coordinating commissioner for QEH, it is essential that West Norfolk liaises effectively with other commissioners and Wisbech is the most significant of these, with approximately 15 per cent of total activity.

“Joining forces with the four Wisbech practices would provide a more complete grouping of the general practices which refer to the QEH, thereby providing stronger representation and ‘buying power’.

“It would also bring benefits in terms of management efficiencies, as the Wisbech CCG management team would re-locate to Lynn.

“Over time, this would provide opportunities for creating a wider management skill-base and different deployment of joint resources.”

If the governing body decided to go ahead with the plan, the business case would need to be with the NHS England before the end of June.

The move must then be implemented before April 2016.