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Reviewing Clinical Policies

In the NHS treatments and care for patients are provided free at the point of service. While in hospital and for certain categories of patient, medications are also free at the point of service. However, not all treatments and medications are routinely funded by the NHS. This is because the effectiveness of certain procedures and medications can vary amongst patients and in these cases can do more harm than good. It is also possible for the population to be given excessive healthcare that weakens its self-reliance and independence while receiving little or no healthcare benefit.

In addition, the NHS must make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum benefit for each patient it treats and the population it serves as a whole. It must also ensure it is using the most effective and accepted medical procedures. NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as local guardians and commissioners of the NHS, must prioritise the services it is able to fund and commission. This means making decisions about which healthcare services will and will not be provided under the NHS in their area.

The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Lancashire (please see below) regularly review their policies where you will be able to have your say.

Click on your local CCG below to find out more:

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG
NHS Blackpool CCG
NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG
NHS East Lancashire CCG
NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG
NHS Greater Preston CCG
NHS Morecambe Bay CCG
NHS West Lancashire CCG