Thursday, 31 October 2013


31 October 2013
Media release                                                              
Surrey Downs doctors to vote to gauge level of support for BSBV proposals

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to poll its GPs to see if local doctors agree with the Better Services, Better Value (BSBV) proposals.  This is part of the assurance process required by NHS England before the south west London and Surrey Downs clinical commissioning groups can meet to decide if public consultation can begin. 

Evidence of GP support is one of four tests introduced by Andrew Lansley in 2010 to ensure that planned significant service changes: are underpinned by clear evidence of the clinical case for change; have benefitted from strengthened patient and public engagement; have the support of local GP commissioners; and have consistency with current and potential patient choice.

The Governing Body of Surrey Downs CCG is offering all GPs the opportunity to vote including salaried GPs and locums.  This is because all BSBV options propose major changes at Epsom Hospital.

Miles Freeman, Chief Officer at Surrey Downs CCG said:
“As a Governing Body we have carefully reviewed and deliberated the Better Services Better Value proposals and we have also considered other alternatives, working with Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“The Governing Body fully acknowledges that BSBV proposes the highest standards of care for London services.  However, that shared ambition must be balanced with the needs of Surrey and the current BSBV proposals may not offer the only or best solution for local patients.

“As a membership organisation it’s only right and proper that we test the level of support through a ballot of all our GPs. The ballot is being managed independently and we will announce the outcome on 8 November.”


Note to editors

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for commissioning healthcare for the 290,000 people living in Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, east Elmbridge and Banstead. The CCG is made up of 33 GP practices and has a budget of £314 million to buy healthcare from local hospitals, community services, social care, ambulance services, mental health care and any many other services for local people.

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