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Call for consultant commissioners

Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, has said he wants to see more consultants involved in commissioning.

Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, has said he wants to see more consultants involved in commissioning.

Speaking at a NAPC educational event last month, Sir Bruce said: ‘I think commissioning needs to be a bilateral process and for there to be engagement of more secondary care clinicians.

‘I've sat on the acute sector side of the table and been aware that the guys who are purchasing the services that we offered didn't really know what we did and that's wrong. We, as secondary care people, need to be involved in informing that process.'

Sir Bruce also said that in the longer term the lines between primary and secondary care would become more blurred.

‘I find it difficult to imagine that in a decade's time whether you're in primary or secondary care will be determined by real estate.

‘People will function in both in a seamless way and we need to look to that vision in the longer term.'

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