Current policy on specialists’ role in NHS reforms inadequate

Policy on the role of specialist doctors in the NHS reforms is not fit for purpose, according to a discussion paper published by the NHS Alliance. Specialists in Commissioning: Looking Beyond Current Policy discusses the views of GPs and specialists on current policy on specialists in Clinical Commissioning Groups. The paper calls for policy to be more inclusive and flexible to allow both groups of doctors to develop positive relationships to enable integrated care across the primary-secondary healthcare boundaries. The paper proposes a transformation of the traditional relationship between GPs and specialists in the NHS, which has increasingly been limited by professional and policy constraints and requirements, rather than necessarily by an ethos of common purpose and benefit for patients and the public.

Source: NHS Alliance
Date: 17 January 2012