• Dr Richard Palin, chair of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, stood for re-election in early October
  • But he lost the vote to Dr Ursula Montgomery, a GP who did not previously sit on the CCG board
  • Comes after the CCG put a brake on plans for a shared accountable officer with two neighbouring CCGs.

The chairman of a clinical commissioning group in the east Midlands has lost his bid to be re-elected to the post.

Dr Richard Palin, chair of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, stood for re-election in early October but lost the vote to Dr Ursula Montgomery, a GP who did not previously sit on the CCG board.

According to one senior source in the Leicestershire health economy, Dr Montgomery is seen as a moderniser who is expected to change the way the CCG works with its two neighbouring CCGs, Leicester City, and West Leicestershire.

The three CCGs had been planning to move to a joint leadership model earlier this year, but the plans stalled after concerns were raised by East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG.

It said it had concerns as to whether a single accountable officer could ensure three separate organisations could meet the needs of all the region’s patients.

In a statement this week, the CCG said further work is being carried out on the benefits of a single AO, and consideration will subsequently be given to the pros and cons of a legal merger between two or three of the CCGs.

Dr Palin first took on the role of chair in August 2015, having previously been the CCG’s clinical vice chair.

Karen English, managing director of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG said: “I would like to thank Dr Palin for his hard work and dedication in improving health and care services in our area. Dr Palin has led our organisation through some incredibly challenging times and has done so with insight, professionalism, resilience and integrity.”

Toby Sanders, the outgoing accountable officer of West Leicestershire CCG, congratulated Dr Montgomery on her election on Twitter and added: “Your collaborative style and approach is just what [the Better Care Together Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland] system needs right now.”