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Commissioning leaders oppose Labour proposals to make CCGs advisory to local authorities

Commissioning leaders have hit back at Labour proposals to strip GPs of their statutory commissioning role and make CCGs advisory to health and wellbeing boards.

The CCG body, NHS Clinical Commissioners, said Labours proposals risk ‘losing essential clinical leadership’ and undermine Labour’s pledge not to implement another reorganisation of the NHS - which the GPC recently accused Labour of being dishonest about.

This comes after shadow health secretary Andy Burnham announced in July that CCGs would, under Labour, be stripped of responsibilities for commissioning the care of vulnerable patients, such as those with long term conditions or the elderly.

And Labour leader Ed Miliband said, at the start of the year, that all CCG decisions should be put out for public consultation by HWBs.

Dr Amanda Doyle, co-chair of the NHSCCs said: ‘CCGs are currently statutory NHS organisations, led by local clinicians who are part of the fabric of local healthcare and the local community.’

She added: ‘To make CCGs advisory to health and wellbeing boards moves statutory responsibility and gives leadership of NHS commissioning to local councils. This removes the influence of local doctors over how local health services are delivered and is absolutely a reorganisation of the NHS.’

Dr Steve Kell, also co-chair of NHSCC, added ‘These proposals would represent a significant change in both the structure and the funding of the NHS, and we cannot see how they can be implemented without another re-organisation.’

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Vinci Ho

    The same old story of politics again and again : everything established by the last dynasty is evil and has to be wiped out and start from scratch again . It is not about common sense but it is about the new emperor being the righteous one......

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  • Vinci dont forget to add about the emporers new clothes

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  • Vinci Ho

    Yes. But does it matter whether the emperor wears new clothes or not ?
    If so, they are made up of skin of sheep . (You know what I mean?)

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  • Here we go again........ Everybody says the NHS is not right but the same everybody complains when there is a suggestion of change!!!

    If something isn't right it needs to change but woe betide you if you try to change it!!!

    This is the reason we keep going around and around and around and around and around and around and..................

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