Public tell doctors to focus on big killers

New GP group Nene Commissioning will take full responsibility for the health of the county, except Corby, which will be the responsibility of separate group Corby Healthcare, from next April.

NC has divided its area into eight ‘localities’, including Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire, with a GP from each making up the commissioning group’s board.

GPs will be able to feed their in-depth knowledge of their patients’ health needs back into the board.

The board, supported by managers, will commission services from public sector providers, like hospitals, the private sector or not-for-profit organisations and charities.

A health and wellbeing board, made up of councillors, council officers and representatives from the police, Northampton University and patients, will develop a strategy for health services, social care and public health. For details visit www.nenecommissioning.com.