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townhallnewportThe Governing Body of the new NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding its first meeting in public. Members of the public, media and interested groups are welcome to attend.

The meeting is being held at 1:00p.m. on Thursday 11th April 2013 at Newport Parish Hall, Town Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight.   The venue is close to Newport Bus Station and there is pay and display parking nearby.   The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.  There will be an opportunity to view information about healthcare on the Island and meet the members of the Governing Body.  Further information about the meeting and the agenda and papers are available at http://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/governing-body-meeting-on-11-april-2013.htm .

Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was one of the few commissioning bodies in England to be authorised without conditions by NHS England and took up its role with effect from 1st April 2013.   It had been working in shadow form since January 2012.

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The CCG is responsible for a budget of £193m and commissions healthcare on the Island and the mainland on behalf of Islanders.   The Governing Body comprises: two Island GPs; two lay advisors: one responsible for Patient and Public Involvement and one for audit and Governance; a secondary care doctor; a registered nurse;  and the Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer from the CCG.

Dr John Rivers, Isle of Wight CCG Chair said: “We are keen to ensure that meetings of the Governing Body and the decisions we take are as open and transparent as possible.   At this first meeting, we will be affirming our constitution, which governs how we run ourselves and our strategic direction, as well as setting out how we will be spending the money we have been allocated.  These are big decisions for the CCG and for islanders and the will make a difference to the health service that people experience.  As Chair, I am excited to be in a position where the CCG and its members can work in a truly collaborative fashion with partners and patients to create integrated care for islanders which is of genuinely high quality.  I believe we will make a real difference. ”

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