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NHS shake-up comes into force

The biggest shake up of the NHS since its formation comes into effect today. The aim is to make the NHS more accountable to patients and to release frontline staff from bureaucracy but critics warn the service is not ready for the major shake-up.

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Only half of CCGs 'are fully ready'

Only half of the NHS’s new regional health service bodies will be fully ready to start work when the changes come into effect today.

Just 106 of the 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "fully authorised", said NHS England.

The new groups are led by GPs and other clinicians who will take on responsibility for commissioning local hospital, community health and mental health services.

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