Kingston’s consortium of GPs could be without expert financial guidance for at least six months.

Neil Ferrelly, chief financial officer for Kingston and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will step down from his role at the end of April.

An interim officer is being recruited for Richmond on a six month contract – but Kingston CCG is yet to decide on how its finances will temporarily be managed.

A spokeswoman from Kingston CCG said: “Kingston is considering a range of different options to replace Neil when he leaves at the end of April - including the appointment of a senior interim finance director.

“We are confident that there will not be a negative impact on the control of finances at Kingston either in the short or long term.”

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