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Grassroots GPs don't feel involved in commissioning, say think-tanks

Only one in five GPs who do not have a formal role in their CCGs feel that they can influence decisions, according to a new survey published The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust.

The survey of 299 GPs also found that 36% of GP commissioning leaders felt their CCG role was negatively affecting their clinical role, while 40% said that they did not have the time to fulfil their commissioning role.

It concluded that ‘one of the founding principles of CCGs – to improve clinical engagement in commissioning – has evidently not yet been totally realised’.

The survey, entitled ‘Has clinical commissioning found its voice? GP perspectives on their CCGs,’ was first launched in 2012.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • yes, true

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  • It is , and always was, a load of b------s.

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  • um no excrement sherlock

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  • please stop call it commissioning all I ever see is de-commissioning, hence I have absolutely no interest or wish to be involved.

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  • Commissioning? More like pimping and we are the prostitutes.

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  • I was a GP CCG Exec(until I retired).I accept that CCGs have worked better in some places than in others, but in my CCG I had a fantastic team from the previous PCT,and a great bunch of GP colleagues to work with.Regretably we also had to deal with a failing Trust as our major provider, which impaired our ability to transform health care in our area, but we nevertheless were able to make major improvements.Being directly involved in commissioning is not everyones cup of tea, but carping from the sidelines achieves nothing either.

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  • Bob Hodges

    To be fair, there's a significant proportion of GPs who had absolutely no intention whatsoever of engaging with commissioning themselves yet are more than happy to spend time whinging about not feeling engaged.

    You get out what you put in. If the commissioners round your way aren't 'representing you' in leading the 'membership organisation that is the CCG, what are YOU going to do about it?

    It is possible to be engaged without being a DoH toady.

    We do ourselves no favours sometimes.

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  • Bob Hodges- I sincerely admire your opening words ('To be fair...") and how they so poetically descend into passive-aggression.

    Some of us wish to practise medicine and find that devoting sufficient time and emotional resources into doing this as well as we can leaves little time and no desire to take part in roles for which we have no formal training.

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