STRUCTURE: Sutton and Merton GPs have decided to move to two emerging clinical commissioning groups, each matching one of the London boroughs, with “close working in the future where the two CCGs’ agendas overlap”.

Previously there were two groups called The Sutton Consortium and The Federation, but their membership did not match the two boroughs.

A statement to HSJ says: “Following a review process led by the chairs [of the two previous groups] and in discussion with GP practices and other stakeholders in Sutton and Merton boroughs, there has been a joint decision to revise current arrangements.

“The new arrangement will be for two separate emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), one for each borough. The new arrangement means that the two emerging CCGs will be statutorily separate but will allow for close working in the future where the two CCGs’ agendas overlap as well as allowing for collaboration with other key neighbouring CCGs. Each emerging CCG will be working with their practices to establish the new arrangements.”