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Clinical Commissioning Groups off to a flying start

16 January 2014

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Today, the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee, together with the President and Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the Co-Chairs of the NHSCC Leadership Group, all met, to launch the publication of a suite of CCG success stories.

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NHSCC is pleased that there is no drop in commissioning funding for CCGs, but seeks flexibility in how CCGs are resourced to help them to deliver transformation of care for their local population

19 December 2013

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) is pleased that NHS England has recognised the need to give all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) allocations that are as a minimum, flat in real terms, but also gives above inflation increases for those CCGs furthest away from their ‘target’ funding levels.

The decisions made this week and published today by NHS England affect the next two years’ worth allocations. NHSCC said it will be incredibly tough for all parts of the health system – with CCGs facing efficiency challenges over the next two years of making savings of 9 per cent – alongside all of their other expectations.

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'Stop the scaremongering' in the NHS

17 December 2013

“Stop all the scaremongering about the NHS, and let’s work together in 2014 to improve patient services”, say the co-chairs of NHS Clinical Commissioners Leadership Group.

Attempts to use the NHS as a political pawn undermines hardworking staff, needlessly worries patients and ignores the generally strong performance of the health service overall.

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Holding the centre to account: Some good signs, but much to do

05 December 2013

NHSCC has today written an open letter to Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England (attached) setting out what NHSCC sees as the particular areas which warrant priority focus following the publication of a 360 degree survey on how CCGs and Local Area Teams work together.

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Regulation cannot guarantee quality – that is for commissioners to do

19 November 2013

Responding to the Government’s final report on the Francis and Berwick reports NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) interim President Michael Dixon said:

“The old system which allowed an outrage such as Mid-Staffs to happen must be consigned history. Blind obedience to the centre cannot deliver patient safety; indeed it will deliver a culture that ensures bullying, lying and gaming of targets.

“The only way of ensuring patient safety and also developing a system which is built on ever increasing quality is to put power in the hands of local clinicians and communities. The logic of the new system established by the Health and Social Care Act is one where clinical commissioners will only commission from providers who are responsive and deliver high quality services for patients.

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CCGs need to take a leadership role in delivering progress on Urgent and Emergency care

13 November 2013

Responding to the publication of Sir Bruce Keogh’s first report on Urgent and Emergency Care Dr Amanda Doyle, Co-Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners’ Leadership Group and Chief Clinical Officer of Blackpool CCG has said:

“Keeping patients out of hospital where possible and those who do not need it away from A&E departments is absolutely central to what CCGs are doing. Sir Bruce’s report is essential reading for CCGs. Whether it is providing better self-care, helping people with urgent care needs to get the right advice in the right place, first time or providing highly responsive urgent care services outside of hospital so people no longer choose to queue in A&E local commissioners are central to developing and delivering the response.

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NHS Clinical Commissioners responds to new NHS Mandate

13 November 2013

In the initial response to the publication of the refreshed Mandate to NHS England, Charles Alessi interim Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners has said:

“The Mandate is an important document setting as it does the overall direction for NHS England. We welcome the fact that the Department of Health have listened to our views and ensured that the refreshed Mandate is closer in approach to last year’s document.

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Patients are being let down by inflexible and disconnected policies

31 October 2013


Gaps in obesity services are preventing some patients accessing surgery.

A lack of local provision is leaving some obese patients unable to access the essential support services they need to control their weight. National commissioning policy based, on a clear clinical consensus, means that before obese patients can be considered for surgery, they should first be given appropriate support to control their weight. However in parts of England these community services, known as tier 3, are currently not available.

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