The chairman of the new body overseeing the buying and designing of health services across the Wakefield district has set out his vision for the future.
Dr Phil Earnshaw, a Ferrybridge GP, who is also chairman of Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said he aims to provide a “bespoke health service”.
The CCG took over from Primary Care Trusts on April 1 and are made up of 40 GP practices, and covers a population of 354,096.
Dr Earnshaw said: “We are now fully authorised to take forward our responsibilities on behalf of local people to ensure they receive the right care for their individual needs.
“I believe great care is about designing a bespoke health service, where possible, for each individual ensuring that it is well co-ordinated and meets both their health and social care needs.
“Twelve out of the 21 wards in our area are in the UK’s 25 per cent most deprived, and life expectancy is below the national average.
“There are also above average levels of teenage pregnancy, obesity and smoking-related illnesses.
“We are committed to commissioning quality services that will improve local patients’ experiences of care and their health outcomes.
“To do this we want to develop a true partnership approach between the public and our doctors and nurses. Between us we know what works and what needs to change.”
Visit www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk to get involved in patient participation groups.