Derbyshire's new NHS leaders are given full authorisation ahead of takeover in April
THE new leaders of the county's health services have been "fully authorised" to take charge in April as planned.
Four GP-led groups have been set up in Derbyshire as part of the Government's shake-up of the NHS.
The proposed changes to the country's health system were first announced by the then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2010. He wanted to scrap local health authorities, known as primary care trusts.
Until then, these trusts had paid for and overseen all health care – from services at Royal Derby Hospital to mental health therapies.
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But Mr Lansley decided the finances should instead be controlled by GP-led management teams, called clinical commissioning groups.
These are: NHS Southern Derbyshire, responsible for buying care for 524,747 patients in Derby, Amber Valley and South Derbyshire; NHS Erewash; NHS Hardwick; and NHS North Derbyshire.
Three of these groups - Southern Derbyshire, Erewash and North Derbyshire - have now been given full authorisation. NHS Hardwick has yet to be assessed and will be next month.
Dr Sheila Newport, chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire group, said: "This is great news for our patients and for everyone who has worked so hard and supported the group to get to this important milestone."