Dr Chris Clayton has been confirmed as the head of NHS Blackburn and Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group when it becomes fully functional next April.
The GP has been overseeing the management of the CCG since it was developed in shadow form in March last year.
He said he was “excited” by the opportunity to “help shape the health and wellbeing” of the local population.
NHS Blackburn and Darwen CCG has a population of around 167,700 residents and includes 31 practices, including Dr Clayton’s at Darwen Health Centre.
He added that he was looking forward to working with CCG colleagues and members of the public to “address some of the health challenges” the region faces.
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