Borough’s NHS is up for award

Dr Avi Bhatia
Dr Avi Bhatia

The group set to take control of NHS services in Erewash has been nominated for a national award – nine months before it takes charge.

From April 2013, NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group will be making spending decisions on behalf of 100,000 patients in the borough.

The group is one of eight NHS organisations in the running for the Communicating Efficiency award. The winner will be announced in September.

It has been nominated because it has cut numbers of patients ‘unnecessarily admitted’ to hospital by three per cent last year, including the elderly and those with long-term illnesses.

It also saved GP surgeries £600,000 by cutting spending on prescribed medicines by 75 per cent

Group chair Dr Avi Bhatia said: “We are thrilled to have been nominated for this prestigious award, which demonstrates the positive improvements GPs have made to patient care at a time when the NHS faces some of its biggest challenges yet.”