Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech outlining a long-term funding plan for the NHS, Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:
“It was good to hear in the Prime Minister’s speech about the future of the NHS that she is open to some enabling legislative changes that would help remove some of the barriers to integrated health and social care, particularly with regards to easing current competition and procurement regulations that are built into the 2012 Act. This is something that our members have been asking for as they move towards more strategic commissioning functions, and which we talked to the Commons Health Committee about earlier this year.
“Our members believe that it is vital that the planning and commissioning of health services are locally and clinically led, so it is reassuring to hear the Prime Minister emphasise this point. We look forward to working with NHS England, Jeremy Hunt and the Department of Health and Social Care to help shape the NHS’s long-term plan and ensure any extra money is spent in the best way possible for patients and populations.”
19 June 2018