This proposed NHS merger matters to Bristol people

Karin Smyth MP says the proposed merger of three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – NHS Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset – risks deflecting time and money away from improving local healthcare services.MP Karin Smyth says the proposed merger of three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – NHS Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset – risks deflecting time and money away from improving local healthcare services.

In a new article for Huffington Post the Bristol South MP says the proposal would see the fifth NHS reorganisation Bristol residents have experienced in the last 15 years. She outlines concerns relating to:

• The threat of funding being diverted away from further improvements to services at South Bristol Community Hospital, Hengrove

• Lack of transparency and democracy relating to the merger process to date

• Long standing financial problems of this cluster of CCGs are in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – not in Bristol. “Should that really mean Bristol taxpayers have to cover the tab?” as a result of a budget merger, she asks.

The article can be read in full here

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