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Chair of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG steps down amid 'challenging times'

PUBLISHED: 17:44 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 27 September 2017

Elizabeth Lunt has stepped down as chair of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

Elizabeth Lunt has stepped down as chair of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

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Dr Elizabeth Lunt is leaving so she can work to 'put the future of local health care at the heart of the community'

The chair of the NHS group which plans health care in north west Kent has stepped down amid “challenging times”.

Dr Elizabeth Lunt has stepped down from her role as chair of NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, saying she wants to “get more involved with shaping the future direction of health in the local area.”

Deputy chair Ashley West will fill Dr Lunt’s role in the mean time, while Sarah MacDermott will be interim deputy chair.

Earlier this year the CCG reported a £17million deficit in its budget earlier this year.

Leaving her post, the Swanley GP said: “These are challenging times for the NHS. We are looking at how we can do things differently locally to make health and social care services more joined up. The role of chair of the CCG is a very demanding one and I wasn’t able to be as involved in developing a new model of care as I’d like to be.

“I’m immensely grateful to the CCG for being so understanding about my desire to put the future local health care at the heart of the community.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible people and it has been a pleasure to work with colleagues, GPs and CCG staff who share my passion for excellent healthcare for local people. I am very grateful for their support.”

Accountable officer at the CCG, Patricia Davies, said: ““Liz has done a fantastic job as chair and her shoes will be hard to fill but we’re confident Ashley will do a great job of caretaking the role while we recruit to the position.

“We fully understand Liz’s desire to get more involved with shaping future plans for the CCG and health economy locally. These are exciting times and we’re confident that we can work even more closely with partners to make healthcare more joined up and efficient for local people. We are excited about working with Liz and other Governing Body members, GPs, staff and partners to achieve this.”

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