Cannock Chase CCG Chair to step down

Dr Mo Huda, the Chair of Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group will be retiring from his post at the end of the month after four years in the role.

Dr Huda started working as a GP in 2002 and is now a senior partner at Aelfgar Surgery in Rugeley. He became Chair of Cannock Chase CCG in 2015.

Dr Mo Huda said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the people of Cannock Chase over the past four years. This is an amazing community and I will continue to stay involved through my work as a GP.”

During his time as Chair, Dr Huda has made strides around the development of services for people with respiratory conditions. He helped to develop the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Admission Avoidance Team, now known as the Cannock Respiratory Team.

Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for the Staffordshire CCGs said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dr Mo Huda over the past several years. He has made some significant contributions to health care in the area, especially in improving services for people with long-term conditions.

“He will be missed by everyone at the CCG, and we wish him well on his future endeavours.”

Dr Gary Free, a current Clinical Lead at Cannock Chase CCG, will be stepping in as the new Chair of the CCG.  Dr Free has worked extensively in South Staffordshire as a GP since completing his post graduate training at Queen's Hospital in Burton and has been a partner at Red Lion Surgery in Cannock since 2003.

He has been involved in commissioning since before the CCG existed, working on a variety of services including the Musculoskeletal Service.

As planned care lead, Dr Free works with colleagues in primary and secondary care to redesign patient pathways ensuring a simpler journey for patients as well as better outcomes. Dr Free joined the governing body in 2015 and sits on the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group as well as the South West Divisional Committee working with colleagues in Primary Care to commission better services in General Practice.

Dr Gary Free will start in his role as Chair of Cannock Chase CCG on 1 April.

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