A national directive published today by the Department for Health and Social Care has legally directed NHS England to perform some of the functions usually undertaken by CCGs, effective immediately. They are due to be in place until the end of the year.
Responding to the directive, Julie Wood, chief executive of NHSCC, said: “We recognise that the nature of the current emergency requires a big change in the way that we work, and CCGs will, of course, work hand in hand with NHS England and Government as well as with their local health and care partners on this.
“CCGs are already working hard to redirect resources, ceasing non-essential activity to ensure the maximum amount of manpower and resources is used to support the front line to combat the Coronavirus.
“CCGs, working with their providers across primary, community and mental health, and acute services have local knowledge and expertise that can help plan, shape and make the best decisions at a more local level, and will play their part.”
23 March 2020