21 February 2017
Responding to the King’s Fund report ‘Delivering sustainability and transformation plans’ Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners said:
“STPs provide a real opportunity to drive collaboration across the health and care system for the benefit of local people, but if they are to succeed it is critical that we get governance and engagement right.
31 January 2017
Dr Phil Moore, Chair of NHSCC’s Mental Health Commissioners Network said:
“The Thrive West Midlands action plan shows impressive commitment from key organisations across health, care and the wider system who are working together to promote good mental health in the region.”
27 January 2017
Responding to the Royal College of Surgeons comments in the media today about eligibility criteria for operations on hip, knee and other joints, NHSCC chief executive Julie Wood said: “Clinical commissioners are committed to ensuring that their patients are provided with the best possible healthcare, which will give them the best possible outcomes. Unfortunately the NHS does not have unlimited resources and ensuring patients get the best possible care against a backdrop of spiralling demand and increasing financial pressures is one of the biggest issues CCGs face.”
26 January 2017
Responding to the National Audit Office report on ambulance services published today, Yvonne Rispin, Chair NHSCC’s National Ambulance Commissioners Network (NACN), said:
“Clinical commissioners do see ambulance services as an integral part of the health system and we agree that they are a vital component of the whole health service.
09 January 2017
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement on mental health today Dr Phil Moore, Chair of NHSCC’s Mental Health Commissioners Network said:
“We are pleased that the government is reinforcing its commitment to the mental health agenda and we welcome the Prime Minister’s speech recognising that more must be done to improve services for those affected and to challenge the stigma that still persists when it comes to mental ill-health.”
05 January 2017
Responding to investigations on Referral Management Centres Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners and Chair of NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG said:
“Referral Management Centres are just one mechanism that local NHS systems use to try to manage the demand for both primary and secondary care, and in many cases they provide a useful and effective role which is more than a redirection service
23 December 2016
Responding to the news that £75m will redistributed back into CCGs’ budgets NHSCC chief executive Julie Wood said:
“Now that the tariff has been published we can see the level of concerns raised by CCGs that led to more than 60% rejecting the tariff. In the main this was because of the impact of HRG4+ and that was why we needed to take this up on behalf of our membership. We are therefore pleased that the serious concerns we raised with NHS England over the volatility being caused by the CCG allocation adjustments have been acted upon, leading to an additional £75m being re-distributed nationally into CCGs’ budgets.”
21 December 2016
NHSCC chief executive Julie Wood comments on the recent coverage about the levels of investment and spending on mental health.
19 December 2016
Dr Phil Moore, Chair of NHSCC’s Mental Health Commissioners Network said: “We welcome the recommendations made by the Health Committee in their Suicide prevention: interim report, many of which echo calls we made in our own evidence, among them improved support for communities and health staff around suicide awareness, consistent support provided for those bereaved by suicide and more timely and consistent data.
15 December 2016
Responding to the social care measures announced in today’s local government finance settlement our chief executive, Julie Wood said: “We are pleased to see recognition from the government that social care needs increased funding and giving councils access to the £240m adult social care support grant does acknowledge that there is a problem to be addressed. However we do not believe that this combined with allowing councils to raise their social care precept is the answer.”