In the week leading up to a march about the lack of health services in Seaford, local GPs have taken responsibility for millions of pounds of health spending from 1 April.
GPs in 22 practices formally come together on 1 April as the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with responsibility, and a £231m budget, for purchasing the majority of health services for 180,000 people.
A march protesting about the downgrading of Eastbourne District General Hospital, the loss of outpatients services in the town and the closure of Seaford Day Hospital will be held in Seaford on Saturday April 13.
The shadow Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body has been working alongside NHS Sussex in 2012-13 to influence the services being commissioned for 2013-14 and to prepare for becoming authorised to take over from the primary care trust on 1 April.
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group’s priorities will include: older people with a focus on end of life care, reducing accidents and falls, better management of chronic diseases, reducing unplanned hospital admissions, mental health and dementia - early diagnosis and quality, interventions, quality planned care more consistent intermediate care.
The new Clinical Commissioning Group said the introduction of these groups was part of the Government’s plans to give local communities more say in how their health needs were met.
Family doctors, nurses and other health professionals will use the information they get from local people, and their own expert knowledge of local needs, to commission hospital care, community health services, mental health care and a range of other services for the area.
Chair of the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP at the Park Practice, Eastbourne, Dr Martin Writer, said: “Our vision is excellent, sustainable healthcare with a local focus.
“This change puts real power in the hands of those health professionals who are closest to patients and local communities and we very much want local people to be involved in our work.
“We are looking forward to the commissioning challenge, making local health care as good as it can be within our resources.”
The Governing Body of the Clinical Commissioning Group will meet in public every other month.
The next meeting will be on May 8, with the venue still to be decided.
The agenda and papers will be on the Clincal Commissioning Group website a week before the meeting at www.eastbournehailshamandseafordccg.nhs.uk
Questions from the public are welcomed and should be made in writing to Carol Ainsworth, Bexhill Hospital, Holliers Hill, Bexhill, East Sussex TN40 2DZ or email email@example.com at least six working days before the meeting. A contact telephone number or email address should be included.