Across North East London, the seven CCGs have been working together to look at how to make sure that people, wherever they live, are able to have the same treatments and procedures.
In order to do this in a consistent way, the CCGs want to make changes to what is known as their commissioning policy. This lists specific treatments, procedures and interventions the NHS funds, and who is eligible to have them. They want to merge the different commissioning policies (currently there are different ones for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge; City and Hackney; Newham; Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest) to create one.
By doing this, it would mean that:
• All patients living in North East London would have access to the same types of care
• The care patients would receive would be in line with the latest clinical guidance
• Hospitals and GPs would be clear about what policy to refer to, reducing confusion
• Patients would not have treatments that don’t work or aren’t the best option for them.
• NHS funds would be spent paying for procedures that people need, and that would give them a better quality of life.
After much discussion, reviewing of clinical evidence and guidance, and looking at work done by NHS England, their GPs have come up with what they think needs to changed in order to create a new commissioning policy for North East London.
They will now begin their six weeks of targeted engagement (until 3 July 2019) so they can discuss their proposals with local people and get their feedback.
Further information including detailed information about the proposals is on our websites.