- County faces some of the toughest healthcare challenges in England
- Announcement echoes other mergers across East Midlands
Four clinical commissioning groups in Lincolnshire have announced plans to merge in April, amid a wave of similar decisions around the country.
Lincolnshire West, Lincolnshire East, South Lincolnshire and South West Lincolnshire CCGs intend to join under one organisation next year, HSJ has learned.
The Lincolnshire health system has significant financial and workforce challenges, while its major hospital trust faces a third year in special measures.
The CCGs already share an accountable officer, John Turner, who said the merger would help improve local healthcare.