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Hackney faces exodus of health and care leaders

01/10/2017

Five of Hackney's most influential health and care leaders will be stepping down from their posts in the spring.

Senior figures exiting the local arena include Hackney council cabinet lead for health and care Cllr Jonathan McShane and Dr Clare Highton, chair of City and Hackney clinical commissoning group (CCG).

The CCG is also losing chief officer Paul Haigh whose post will be deleted as part of the restructure to create a new 'single accountable officer' for the whole of north east London.

News of the high profile departures come as NHS England continues to push through controversial plans to change NHS commissioning and create accountable care systems across the NHS.

Accountable care systems are expected to result in less powerful CCGs, weaker local accountability for health services and cuts of £600m from healthcare services across north east London.

Cllr McShane will step down in May after eight years as health and care cabinet lead and 13 years as a councillor.

Dr Highton and Paul Haigh have led the planning and commissioning of health NHS health care services in the area since GP-led CCGs replaced primary care trusts in April 2013.

Cllr Ann Munn, chair of the the all-important Health in Hackney scrutiny committee, has also revealed she will not seek re-election to the council in May, paving the way for a new scrutiny chair.

Healthwatch Hackney will also say farewell to chair Paul Fleming next year.

Together the departures signal a significant change of leadership in health and care in Hackney.

 

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