The merger of two clinical commissioning groups in Kirklees is set to go ahead, with leaders reassuring patients that health services will not be affected.

From April 1 NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs will come together to form NHS Kirklees. The two organisations have already been working closely for a number of years. Managers say merging into one single unit was the next logical step.

Dr Khalid Naeem, a GP and partner at Mount Pleasant Medical Centre in Batley, has been appointed as Clinical Chair of the new organisation. Speaking about the new body he said,

“I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Clinical Chair of NHS Kirklees CCG. Although our two local CCGs have worked together for a number of years, the creation of a single NHS commissioning organisation for Kirklees marks a significant milestone.”

NHS Kirklees CCG will serve around 440,000 people in the area and cover 64 GP practices. Its headquarters will stay in Huddersfield’s town centre and, once restrictions are lifted will continue holding public meetings across Kirklees.

The creation of a single CCG for Kirklees won’t result in changes to local NHS services or impact directly on patients, their families or carers.