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Residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are encouraged to have their say on Clinical Commissioning Group policies

NHS East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are working in partnership with the other six CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.

NHS England has recently made it mandatory for CCGs to adopt a number of clinical policies. An additional policy to those currently out to public engagement is now being considered, which is the policy for ganglia excision. This is a new policy for most of our CCGs in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area. The patient access criteria for this policy have already been consulted upon nationally and cannot now be amended.

The CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria wish to inform patients and members of the public about this new policy and to invite them to consider if the introduction of this policy will have an adverse effect on patients or groups of patients. If this is the case, there may be something the CCGs can do to minimise the impact of this.

Residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are therefore invited to read the new policy and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey by Wednesday 13th February.

Other policies being engaged on, with a closing date of Friday 1st February, are:

• Adult snoring surgery (in the absence of obstructive sleep apnoea)
• Chalazia removal
• Dupuytren’s contracture release in adults
• Haemorrhoid surgery
• Arthroscopic shoulder decompression 

This can all be accessed by visiting:

https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/commissioningpolicy/current-clinical-policy-reviews 

Dr David White, Clinical Lead at the CCGs, said:

“NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG are responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including secondary (hospital), community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population. In some areas this also includes commissioning GP services.

“CCGs must take account of the latest guidance when formulating their commissioning polices. In this instance NHS England has issued the latest guidance on these procedures. We need to ensure they are introduced in an open, fair and transparent manner.

“A key role for the CCG is to inform residents of these changes and to give them an opportunity to raise any concerns.”