Doctors to shape health services in Hucknall

DOCTORS in Hucknall will be in the best position to shape services to the benefit of their patients under controversial changes to the National Health Service (NHS), a meeting in the town has heard.

The NHS is facing its biggest overhaul in more than 60 years, with the Conservative-led coalition government wanting to put GPs in control of a budget of up to £80 billion.

Proposals are part of a White Paper that will spark the end of huge organisations such as Nottinghamshire County Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT), which currently has overall responsibility for health care in Hucknall.

Instead GPs will work with consortia to manage the purse-strings.

Hucknall is already ahead of the game and its GP surgeries are part of an organisation called the Nottingham East Consortium (NEC).

Samanatha Walters, the new chief operating officer of NEC, visited a meeting of Hucknall Partnership Group to discuss the changes to local health services.

She said: “GPs will be in control, which I think is a fantastic move to make.”