The body responsible for this area is known as the NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG). It is led by local GPs and all the practices in Rochdale Borough form part of it. HMR CCG serves a population of nearly 236,000 spread across four townships: Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and the Pennines.
The CCG is responsible for deciding how the health budget is spent on healthcare. It controls the majority of the NHS budget, including appropriation for most hospital cases, prescribing and community health services. It does not control the budgets for general practice, maternity services or specialist services (for example, laser treatments at Christie's)
GPs and other clinicians are responsible for engaging the local people to ensure that the services commissioned are meeting the health needs of the population. For more information on how the CCG functions, visit their website at www.hmr.nhs.uk.