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Healthcare in Shropshire is now the responsibility of two Clinical Commissioning Groups, Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin



From 1947 to 1974 NHS services in Shropshire were managed by the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board. In 1974 the Boards were abolished and replaced by Regional Health Authorities. Shropshire still came under the Birmingham RHA. Regions were reorganised in 1996 and Shropshire came under the West Midlands Regional Health Authority. From 1974 there was an Area health authority covering the county and from 1982 one District Authority. Two Primary care trusts were established in the county in 2002 one for Telford and the Wrekin and one for Shropshire. They were managed by the West Mercia Strategic health authority which was merged into NHS West Midlands in 2006.

Sustainability and transformation planEdit

Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin formed a sustainability and transformation plan area in March 2016 with Simon Wright, the Chief Executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust as its leader[1]

The 2021 deficit is £131.4 million. Closing the A&E at either Telford or Shrewsbury is suggested, to create one hospital specialising in emergency care, allowing the other to specialise in routine surgery. Neither Shropshire County Council nor Telford and Wrekin Council have been prepared to support the plans, because they focus too much on hospitals and neglect GP services.[2]


Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group was put in special measures in November 2015 after its financial position deteriorated. It expects an in-year deficit of £10.6m for 2015/6.[3] David Evans, the accountable officer of Telford and Wrekin CCG was appointed accountable officer for both groups from April 2016 and will develop a joint management team.[4]

Primary careEdit

There are 44 GP practices in Shropshire and 22 in Telford and the Wrekin. Out-of-hours services are provided by Shropdoc. In August 2017 Shropdoc was forced to seek extra funding, saying that the costs of providing out-of-hours contracts were greater than the funding provided. [5]

Community ServicesEdit

Acute servicesEdit

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust provides acute services. Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital is located in the county but serves a much wider area.

Mental healthEdit


There are two Healthwatch organisations.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The leaders chosen for 41 of England's STPs". Health Service Journal. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Find out about your STP". NHS Support Federation. March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group in special measures". BBC News. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Special measures CCG placed in NHS England 'directions'". Health Service JOurnal. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "CCGs considering bail out for out-of-hours provider hit by financial problems". GP Online. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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