The Guardian newspaper spoke to five leaders of Clinical Commissioning Groups to find out how the new bodies are using their powers to tackle key issues confronting the NHS. Blackpool GP Dr Amanda Doyle is one of them and she talks about the niche healthcare issues facing the Blackpool Community.
“Because we have quite a deprived population, 10 million visitors a year and a lot of problems with people moving in and out of the town for short periods, a lot of people seek healthcare in a very unplanned way. That could be at A&E or another part of Blackpool’s Victoria hospital, when it might not be the best place for them, or the out-of-hours GPs service. So the CCG decided to make reducing what we call unscheduled care one of our priorities. If patients’ care was better managed, fewer would end up needing help in those ways.”