More CCGs given green light
A further 67 CCGs have been authorised to start commissioning, the NHS Commissioning Board announced this week.
This brings the number authorised to 101, nearly half the total of 211 CCGs that will be handed control over commissioning budgets from 1 April.
National Director of Commissioning Development at the Board, Dame Barbara Hakin, said: "The vast majority of these 67 new organisations have demonstrated excellence and a very high level of achievement and are clearly ready for the challenge of leading their local communities in partnership with the public and with local partner organisations."
Nevertheless, only 19 CCGs met all 119 authorisation conditions, with 45 of the 67 having conditions imposed. Three of these are subject to stringent conditions, meaning they will be legally bound to carry out certain directives - such as selection of an accountable officer -only under the close supervision of the Board or neighbouring CCGs.
In other commissioning news announced today, the NCB has outlined how Clinical Senates -the bodies that will provide strategic clinical oversight to CCGs, Health and Wellbeing Boards and the NCB over a wide geographic area - are to be set up.
Aimed at "better integration of services", Senates will bring together a range of professionals to provide strategic, independent advice and leadership on how services should be designed, the Board's proposals state.
National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh said: "Clinicians from across different professions, working together with patients and others to provide leadership and advice will support commissioners to make decisions, and will play a key role in transforming health care to ensure we meet the needs of patients."
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By Caroline Price, Senior medwireNews Reporter