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Residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria are encouraged to have their say on Clinical Commissioning Group policies

The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) across Lancashire and South Cumbria are working in to review clinical policies across the region.

NHS England has recently made it mandatory for CCGs to adopt a number of clinical policies.  An additional policy to those currently out to public engagement is now being considered, which is the policy for ganglia excision. This is a new policy for most of our CCGs in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area.  The patient access criteria for this policy has already been consulted upon nationally and cannot now be amended.

For Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs a ganglia excision policy is already in place, however, they are proposing to adopt the policy identified by NHS England.  There are some differences between these policies, with the NHS England policy being broader and with more detail.

The CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria wish to inform patients and members of the public about this new policy and to invite them to consider if the introduction of this policy will have an adverse effect on patients or groups of patients. If this is the case, there may be something the CCGs can do to minimise the impact of this.

Residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria are therefore, invited to read the new policy and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey.

This can all be accessed by the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website www.healthierlsc.co.uk/ganglia-excision

Dr Andy Curran, Executive Medical Director for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, said:

“Each CCG is responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including secondary (hospital), community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population.  In some areas this also includes commissioning GP services.

“We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent manner but in so doing we must take into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for each CCG is to develop clinical policies which help make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website and have their say.”

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