Giving the kiss of life to Boston-area healthcare?

A BOSTON doctor has been appointed the chairman of a board that aims to bring you ‘better healthcare’.

Dr Peter Holmes, of Sleaford Road’s Stuart House Surgery, has been elected into the top position of the Boston Area GP Consortium.

And before you see what the doctor ordered, the public will be given the chance to have their say in what services they believe should be improved.

“We want to improve health outcomes for our patients,” said Dr Holmes. “And to do this we need to ensure we engage with our local population.

“It will also be critical for us to work in partnership with colleagues across Lincolnshire, including local authorities and NHS Trusts.

“This is a big task and we need to work together in order to create a system that delivers better healthcare for us all.”

Boston Area will be one of seven GP consortia across Lincolnshire, and will ultimately be responsible for buying or commissioning the majority of healthcare services for local people in and around Boston (subject to Parliamentary approval of the forthcoming Health and Social Care Bill).

GP consortia across England will eventually be responsible for commissioning the majority of healthcare services as part of the Coalition Government’s drive to give GPs control of healthcare budgets and commissioning.

The new consortia will initially operate in shadow form, taking over from NHS Lincolnshire when PCTs are disbanded from April 2013.

Also named on the panel are Drs Ben Moore, Luqman Rajput and Simon Lowe, although the search is on to strengthen the executive team.