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GPs to bring expertise to West Norfolk CCG’s governing body

Two GPs have been appointed as new governors of a key body responsible for health services in West Norfolk.

Dr Uma Balasubramaniam and Dr Mark Follows have now joined the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) governing body.

Dr Uma Balasubramaniam (2775426)
Dr Uma Balasubramaniam (2775426)

Members of the governing body are responsible for monitoring the performance and quality of hospitals, GP surgeries and other groups which provide health services.

Uma, who specialised in gynaecology before moving into general practice, has previously held clinical roles at neighbouring the South Lincolnshire CCG and is passionate about ensuring patients have access to the right treatment.

She said: “I think it’s important to look at treatment pathways from the patient’s point of view.”

Uma, who is married to an orthopedic surgeon, added: “I am excited to be joining West Norfolk CCG as I understand that it is a progressive and forward thinking organisation.”

University of Nottingham graduate Mark completed three years of gastroenterology specialist training before moving in to general practice in 2003.

Dr Mark Follows (2775428)
Dr Mark Follows (2775428)

He says he is keen to improve healthcare in West Norfolk using his experience of service redesign, GP education and clinical governance.

Mark, who has previously worked on the Governing Body at NHS Hull CCG , said: “I really enjoy working as a GP as it allows you the opportunity to build up a relationship with the patient.”

The pair were welcomed by chairman Dr Paul Williams.

Dr Williams, a GP based in Upwell, said: “Both Mark and Uma bring extensive experience and clinical knowledge to the governing body of West Norfolk CCG which will help to shape future health services for the area.

“I know they are both keen to work with the CCG and our providers to ensure that our treatment pathways are right for patients.”

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