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CCG exclusion fears are self-fulfilling

As one of the newer GPs to have put my ‘head above the parapet’, your investigation last month was not very encouraging (‘Revealed: majority of GPs no more involved with commissioning under CCGs’).  

I have seen commissioners behaving very differently to the past, and taking real account of clinical views.

If GPs do not put themselves forward and get involved in a positive way, then we will end up with a management-led NHS, so these comments are self-fulfilling!

It would be more useful if those with past experience of failing to improve things helped us learn from their mistakes.

Dr Mark Kelsey, Southampton, GP and member of Southampton CCG governing body