NHS group is named best at saving money

GPs from NHS Erewash CCG (from left to right): Dr John Ashcroft from Old Station Surgery, Dr Markus Henn from Littlewick Medical Centre, CCG chief operating officer Rakesh Marwaha. Front row. CCG chief finance officer designate Charlotte Allen-Neale, CCG chair Dr Avi Bhatia from Moir Medical Centre and Dr Shahida Ullah from Adam House Surgery.

GPs from NHS Erewash CCG (from left to right): Dr John Ashcroft from Old Station Surgery, Dr Markus Henn from Littlewick Medical Centre, CCG chief operating officer Rakesh Marwaha. Front row. CCG chief finance officer designate Charlotte Allen-Neale, CCG chair Dr Avi Bhatia from Moir Medical Centre and Dr Shahida Ullah from Adam House Surgery.

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The group about to take charge of health services in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and surrounding villages has scooped a top national award for saving cash.

The NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), made up of GPs and clinicians from 13 practices across the borough, takes charge of spending on health services in Erewash in April next year.

They beat off competition from 1,000 applicants to scoop the Quality and Productivity award in the Health Service Journal awards, which rewards organisations for improving the quality of care while also saving money.

The CCG was praised for dropping unnecessary admissions to hospital by three per cent.

The NHS in Erewash has come under fire in recent months for plans to close one of the two wards at Ilkeston Community Hospital in a bid to increase the number of patients cared for at home.

Helen Rose, head of membership development at the CCG, said: “We look forward to continuing to build on our early achievements, and further driving innovation and improvements to enhance the patient experience.”