Health chiefs in the area say the successful bid to take responsibility for primary medical care is a crucial step towards a truly local and integrated health service.
From April 2018, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) will take over responsibility for the 90 GP practices in the area from NHS England.
“This is a really big step for our health and care system in the area and gives us a significant opportunity to work with all providers to develop more integrated out-of-hospital services for local people, while also enhancing and supporting primary care provision in our area,” said Julia Ross, Chief Executive of BNSSG CCG.
“This is also testament to the progress we have made as a CCG and highlights the level of confidence shown by local practices who supported our bid to NHS England.”
The new arrangement will mean that the CCG will have responsibility for the commissioning of primary care medical services in the area.
Patients should not notice any change to their own GP service.