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Over half of CCGs could commission general practice next year

More than half of CCGs could take on delegated responsibility for commissioning  general practice in 2015/16, after commissioning leaders reported a surge of interest.

Speaking in front of the House of Commons Health Committee this week, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners Dr Steve Kell told MPs the growth of co-commissioning was already making a difference, and if applications were approved by NHS England the majority of CCGs could be managing primary care.

CCGs can opt for three levels of co-commissioning – either working more closely with NHS England, forming joint commissioning committees or taking on delegated powers for functions including contracts, enhanced services and premises.

Dr Kell said: ‘We’ve already had a significant number of CCGs in co-commissioning, a significant amount of difference being made. We’ve got a huge level of interest for 2016/17. A significant increase, so over 50% of CCGs will have delegated commissioning if they’re approved.’

He explained to MPs that co-commissioning was helping to reduce the fragmentation of NHS services, saying: ‘We saw the opportunity to link up some of those pathways. It didn’t make sense that we were commissioning nursing homes without being able to commission general practice which provides so much support for those patients.’

Readers' comments (8)

  • CCG are becoming almost like PCTs. Its just amazing.

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  • General Practice fast tracking it's own demise.

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  • I'm sure every 6-12m our CCG will ask us the question again as we clearly gave the "wrong" answer the last 2 times of not wanting to go to level 3 commissioning. ridiculous

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  • Vinci Ho

    For the commissioners in CCGs(particularly from those power houses with devolved 'power' ) , dedicate this T'Pau and Carol Decker's wonder song, China in your hand.

    While the song has a reference to Frankenstein , you wonder why CCG was created in the first place and what it has become now..........

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  • Vinci Ho

    I dreamed a dream(reference:Les Miserables musical) and I had the honour to withness all commissioners threw their towels and walked out as part of the non co-operation revolution.....
    Yes, I am a crazy dreamer........

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  • Has anyone else noticed 'Primary Care transformation' (PCT?!). Good job the sign is still up at our local one.

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  • So there will be no escape when the system collapses - only GP's will get the blame . We should walk away now explaining there are not enough resources to do what we're asked to do. Now the plane has all its engines on fire and we're told- " You have control ". Oh there are no parachutes either .

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  • I did try to warn GP 's many years ago that they were being set up for a 5 year plan set to fail in 3 years....but they were too 'fat catted 'at the time and actually believed that they were in control....proud of what they had become and what they had achieved!!!... "Like the fat rat, sat on a mat ready for the cat..."

    Hence...as I always tell my younger colleagues: "would you have listened if I had warned you?"
    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy new Tear !

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