CCGs risk being sidelined
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be cut out of key commissioning decisions under government plans, warns the NHS Alliance.
The Alliance calls for CCGs to be fully involved in the authorisation process and commissioning changes.
NHS Alliance Chairman Dr Michael Dixon said: "CCGs will play a crucial role in the new NHS and there needs to be a lot more dialogue between them and the centre regarding their authorisation and implementation."
According to the Alliance, CCGs should be involved in close dialogue with the National Commissioning Board and other bodies, rather than being directed.
And locally PCT clusters should work with and support CCGs still in development, not take over their commissioning responsibilities.
"Managing CCGs through PCT clusters, for example, puts CCGs at arms' length from the National Commissioning Board and its central decision making system. They seem to be a the periphery and bottom tier of the commissioning hierarchy, not at its centre, as they should be," Dr Dixon added.
"This dialogue needs to look at how the whole system will work rather than CCGs being consulted on various aspects of the new system as chosen by the centre."
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By Caroline Price