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Update on the proposal to merge North West London CCGs

On 5 August, the eight CCGs that make up the North West London Collaboration of CCGs launched a formal consultation with the eight local authorities in North West London on our plans to merge into a single CCG. We also shared our case for change with local Healthwatch organisations, NHS provider trusts, patient groups and members of the public for comment.

Thank you to everyone who submitted responses. The consultation and engagement period has now closed. 

The eight CCG governing bodies will consider all the feedback we received this month.

During this period, we also held votes of all GP practice members in each of the eight CCGs. We now have the results of these votes. The member practices of seven CCGs voted in favour of the proposal to merge. The one exception was West London CCG, where a majority voted against the proposal.

We also asked GP member practices to vote on the proposed draft constitution for the single CCG. Practices in three of our CCGs voted in favour, but there were not enough votes in favour for the constitution to be supported in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and West London CCGs. 

While the support for the merger is positive result overall, the West London CCG vote is obviously not what we had hoped for. We will now work closely with West London CCG members over the coming weeks to try to understand and address their reservations. Our current hope is that we can address any concerns, discuss with West London CCG governing body members and other CCGs and approach the membership again to reconsider its position.

For more information please contact nwlccgs.communications.nwl@nhs.net.