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GP's To Hold The Purse Strings In Dorset

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8:27am 21st February 2013

GP's have been given the green light to take over the NHS budget in Dorset.

From April, members of the Dorset Clinical Commisioning Group will decide where money will be spent across the County.

That means in local hospitals and on community services.

The GP's are taking over from Primary Care Trusts and it's a national change that's happening across the Country.

Local GP and chair of NHS Dorset CCG, Dr Forbes Watson, said: "Over the last year we have been working hard to demonstrate that are ready to carry out our new role of ensuring local health needs are met and these are making a real difference for local communities. We are delighted that the NHS Commissioning Board has recognised our efforts and we have achieved the standards that show we are ready for this role."

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and made up of all 102 GP practices in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole and is one of the largest CCGs in England. It is made up of 13 locality teams and six clinical commissioning programmes.

NHS Dorset CCG will have a budget of around £955M.

Further information on NHS Dorset CCG is available online HERE including a short film explaining its role HERE.

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