Healthwatch Sandwell response to Future arrangements for NHS commissioning across the Black country and West Birmingham
Thank you for inviting Healthwatch Sandwell to contribute to the consultation on the proposed merger of the four CCGs in the Black Country. As you know we have participated in your public meetings, hosted our own Insight public meeting, read the documentation and had a 1-1 meeting with you both.
Like you, Healthwatch recognise there is an inevitably to the direction of travel of a combined CCG voice in the Black Country- as directed by the Government in the NHS Long Term Plan. The secondary direction to reduce commissioning costs to allow greater expenditure on patient/public services is to be welcomed and we all want to see these benefits pass on to Sandwell residents.