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PROFESSION DIVIDED OVER BENEFITS OF NHS ENGLAND’S CO-COMMISSIONING PLAN
Patients will be put at risk if CCGs do not take up new powers to commission primary care, the Leadership Group of NHS Clinical Commissioners has warned.
The profession is facing a split after the annual conference of Local Medical Committees voted overwhelmingly against NHS England and Department of Health plans to give CCGs new powers to co-commission primary care.
The motion debated by the conference said the move would “fatally” damage relations between CCGs and their constituents, would undermine the credibility of CCGs and lead to “unacceptable” conflicts of interests.
However, a letter has already been sent out to CCGs and NHS England area teams, setting out the scope of the plans and asking CCGs interested in the co- commissioning to submit expressions of interest by June 20.
NHS Clinical Commissioners is championing the move towards co-commissioning because it says that the current primary care arrangements do not allow CCGs to truly transform local health services.
Hear Dr Stephen Kell, NHS CC and NHS England at Commissioning SHow
In a statement the Leadership Group said: “Leaving CCGs out of primary care commissioning decisions puts their clinically led and clinically designed strategies for local health improvements at risk, which ultimately means it’s putting the health outcomes of their patients and populations at risk.
“Building a successful NHS for the future that delivers high quality care for patients, will need to have strong and effective out-of-hospital community based services. Achieving this requires highly effective commissioning that integrates care across primary, acute and community services. This will not happen while different people are commissioning different parts of the system.”
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KEY FUNDING CHALLENGES THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED BY CCGS 2014/15
Dean Westcott, Chief Financial Officer, West Essex CCG, member of the NHS Clinical Commissioners Leadership Group, and member of the expert finance panel at Commissioning, sets out five key funding challenges for CCGs.
In the next few years CCGS need to:
Transform and improve the quality of services ‘In a time of austerity the main challenge for Chief Financial Officers and CCG Boards is not only to transform patient services but also to improve the quality of those services.’
Keep pace with the changing age demographic and new medical technologies. ‘The age/cost curve of the ageing population is becoming more expensive as is the increasing cost of medical technology and in particular new drug developments. We must find a way of keeping pace with all of those demands on services whilst living within a very tight financially constrained system.’
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