With regards to your letters on Saturday, December 15 entitled: “We must fight for our precious NHS” we would like to take the chance to respond to a few of your readers’ concerns.
As I’m sure you’re aware, for the last six years NHS Sheffield has been responsible for paying for almost £1bn worth of healthcare services on behalf of the half a million people who live in our city.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS Sheffield will no longer exist after March 31, 2013, with most of the budget being passed to the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG.
A lot of hard work has taken place over the last 18 months to create the CCG in Sheffield.
We are a group made up of 12 clinicians working with experienced managers and of course are aware of and committed to our duty for providing quality services for our patients.
As a group, we will always place patients at the heart of our discussions and we are grateful to the group from Sheffield Save our NHS and 38 Degrees who attended our last governing body meeting and welcome members of the public who wish to get involved with us.
We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty around the changes within the NHS but we just want to clarify that as GPs and now commissioners we are committed to working in partnership with our Sheffield Hospitals to provide first-class services for all our patients. We are committed to upholding the NHS Constitution (www.dh.gov.uk) and ensuring that all services we commission are free at the point of delivery for all who need them.
As your local NHS organisation, the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group will put patients’ care at the forefront of everything we do.
If any of your readers have any questions, would like to find out more or want to attend one of our meetings, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Tim Moorhead Chair, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group