Stafford GP to take over as Chair of NHS commissioning body

A Stafford doctor who has served the local community for over 25 years is to become the head of the area's NHS commissioning organisation.

Dr Paddy Hannigan will formally take over as Chair of Stafford and Surrounds CCG from Dr Anne-Marie Houlder on June 1.

Dr Hannigan has been a full time GP in Stafford since 1989 and is senior partner at the town's Holmcroft Surgery. Prior to qualifying he trained at Stafford Hospital.

He said: "It is an honour and a challenge to have been selected to lead the CCG at this time.

"I have served the patients of Stafford to the best of my ability throughout my career and that is what I intend to continue doing.

"There have been many well documented challenges to the local NHS in recent years. My main focus will be helping to adapt services so that they best meet the needs of local people in and around Stafford.

"At the CCG we know that many people are concerned about the future of NHS services. What we can promise is that everything we do will be driven by a determination to see services develop and progress."

Dr Hannigan has been part of the CCG since 2013 and was previously Clinical Lead. His interests include dementia care, rheumatology, GP training and information, management and technology.

Dr Houlder, who is standing down as Chair, said: "I would like to wish Paddy and all the other members of the CCG the best for the future."