STRUCTURE: A single commissioning consortium is emerging in the Hartlepool area.

Hartlepool GP Commissioning Consortium has an appointed lead, Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, and there are proposals to transfer responsibility for prescribing, outpatient activity, elective care including day case, community services, non-elective, A&E, mental health, and risk sharing/corporate functions. The consortium is likely to be given £2 per head of population support funds from April, and work is in progress on transferring staff.