THE GROUP of Erewash NHS workers which will pilot Government health service reforms from next year met for the first time this week.
The Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group of 60 NHS workers, including GPs, nurses and receptionists, will shadow Derbyshire Primary Care Trust until 2013 when it will take over running health services in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and surrounding villages.
During the meeting last Wednesday in Sandiacre’s Novotel, it was decided that each doctors surgery in the borough will have to find three areas in which it can improve.
Group chair Dr Avi Bhatia, based at Moir Medical Centre in Long Eaton. said that patients would be ‘at the heart’ of everything the group does.
The group also agreed to share information more between GPs and out-of-hours staff to help patients with long-term conditions.
Once it takes over from the trust, which will be axed, it will be responsible for millions of pounds of NHS cash for almost 100,000 patients in Erewash.
Along with a handful of other areas in UK, the group was given ‘pathfinder’ status by the Department of Health to pilot the controversial reforms in March this year.