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Chairman of Wyre Forest CCG to step down
THE chairman of the body in charge of Wyre Forest’s £127 million budget says it is “the right time” to step down.
Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group chairman Dr Simon Gates said he would not stand for re-election in November.
He has worked with the group - which did not launch officially until April this year - since 2009 and was elected to the leading role in 2010.
His successor is yet to be announced but The Shuttle understands there is only one candidate meaning there will not be an election but the group’s 12 GP practices will be asked to give the person a formal mandate by giving their approval.
Dr Gates said: “I feel I am leaving the CCG while I still have enough energy to do the job well but in two or three years time that might not be the case.”
He added: “In terms of organisational development, we have got exactly where we wanted, we are set up and functioning well. Now is the right time for a new person to come in to provide that next level of drive and take it in that direction rather than it becoming stale.”
Dr Gates, 40, who lives in Bewdley, will now spend more time in his role as a GP at Bewdley Medical Centre. The father-of-three said he was proud of what he had achieved in his role as CCG chairman.
“I am a very ambitious person and we are yet to have a perfect health service in Wyre Forest,” he said. “It is a constant drive to achieve that and it is a goal that is probably unachievable but you can strive towards it.
“We have done a lot of good things, including a lot of improvements in keeping people out of hospital, improvements in mental health care.”
The successor will be announced “within the next few weeks” and the two would work together in the role for two months to ensure continuity before Dr Gates leaves the role in December.
The Bewdley GP said he also hoped to continue supporting the CCG by taking up a “clinical lead” role, which would see him involved in ideas at a much earlier stage, giving expert advice rather than making decisions.
He added: “It has been the most rewarding four years of my working career and I look at the CCG with a great deal of pride.”
CCG chief officer Simon Hairsnape said: “On behalf of the board and all staff, I’d like to sincerely thank Dr Gates for all his support and efforts before, during and after the successful authorisation of the CCG.”
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