FINANCE: The clinical commissioning group set to replace NHS East Lancashire has been allocated an indicative running costs budget of £8.98m, a paper published by the NHS Commissioning Board today shows.

The paper estimates NHS East Lancashire CCG – which incorporates 65 GP practices – will be responsible for a population of 370,800, making it the fourth largest CCG in the north of England, and the 28th largest in the country.

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