Lets hope that Quality and Patient safety are not compromised and that equality and diversity are included in the new service contract structures. I am sure Jim Easton will ensure that they are, as he has always been an exponent of Patient Safety and Quality.
As all of these services must be registered with CQC the question of patient experience and essential standards of Quality and Safety come to mind. CCG's need to ensure that there is a consistent level of service provided for their patient populations. It would be nice if there was national consistency. Healthcarelandscape.co.uk
CCG's have a very large amount of work to achieve and from what we have seen do need the help and support of external consultants. I agree with some of your comments and reservations however not all consultants are err young so to speak and some of us have a wealth of experience especially in relation to Governance, Quality and probity. Value for money is the question to be asked and also effectiveness glad to help and discuss .Bplayfoot@healthcarelandscape.co.uk