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Concerns about Clinical Commissioning Groups

In an open letter to Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, HCJ has said:

As you would know, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) can choose to co-commission primary care services from GPs which, as the very recent National Audit Office report has pointed out, “is likely to increase significantly the number and scale of conflicts of interest”.

The report alerts that under these arrangements “there is potential for some GPs and their colleagues to make commissioning decisions about services they provide, or in which they have an interest” and argues that “the GPs who are members of the governing body of their local CCG have the potential to personally profit from new health services”.

Before the NAO report, the Commons public accounts committee said that a number of GPs who worked for the CCGs also had shareholdings in the organisation that provided out-of-hours care – such arrangements had “inherent risk of conflicts of interest”.

In Harrow, the Harrow Monitoring Group has highlighted local concerns in their well received report Shaky confidence in Harrow CCG transparency

As you would appreciate, there is a need to build public confidence that CCGs are safeguarding patients’ interests and taxpayers’ money by managing these risks.

One way to do this could be to re-structure CCGs to appoint all lay board members with some medical practitioners as non-voting cooptees. 16/9/15

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