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Caroline says NHS changes need to be better communicated

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, has said that the Government must be clearer to the public about changes to the NHS as a new report by the Public Accounts Committee is released today.

The report examines the NHS Long Term Plan, which will result in a reduction in the number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Established in 2012, CCGs are bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.

The report criticises the “alphabet soup” of health bodies that have been drawn up, in many instances, without clear governance or accountability to local people. It also criticises many CCGs for underperforming.

Caroline said: “The NHS has gone through a lot of change in the past few years.

“Often people aren’t sure why changes are being made and this can cause concern. Reforms to the NHS need to be better explained and communicated to the public.

“Whilst our report shows that the picture for CCGs nationally needs improving, I am pleased that Doncaster CCG was rated outstanding for the second year in a row last year. This shows the great work of NHS staff in Doncaster.

“I encourage Doncaster CCG to keep up its good work and build on its outstanding rating to provide the best possible service.”

Read the report here

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