STRUCTURE: A clinical commissioning group has plans to straddle the border between Bradford Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

GPs in the area said they want to press ahead with the plan for a group including Airedale and Wharfedale - in Bradford - and Craven - in North Yorkshire. The Department of Health’s detailed reponse to the NHS Future Forum report, published on Monday, says: “Boundaries of clinical commissioning groups should not normally cross those of local authorities. Any departure from this will need to be clearly justified.”

NHS Bradford and Airedale GP Commissioning Executive deputy chair Phil Pue said: “We remain committed to developing an Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven consortia and are working closely with local practices, patients, and both North Yorkshire County Council and Bradford Council to move this forward.

“Based on a range of factors, including the number of Craven patients who access care at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, the fact that Bradford District Care Trust delivers cross-boundary mental health services and the close links we already have with the Craven practices, we feel there is a strong case to deliver the best possible patient care through this joined-up approach.

“At the heart of the plans is our real commitment to put patients first and provide the best health services for all people living in the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven area, by listening to them, understanding their needs and designing services that best meet those needs and provide value for money.”