Some CCGs did hold open elections
I am a young GP who contested for a position on my local clinical commissioning group board through an electoral vote based on GPs in our locality (South East Staffordshire CCG).
It was a well thought-out and fair process that enabled all the GPs who contested for the positions to be elected on individual merit.
From Dr Sandeep Geeranavar
Clinical executive, South East Staffs CCG