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    18 January 2011

    The Health Select Committee Report was published today. Note the commitment to scrutiny of broad (specialist) clinical engagement in commissioning, which supports the case for our existence and also for action to deliver this at local level.

 
 
Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Georgina Craig Comments...

The Health Select Committee Report was published today. Note the commitment to scrutiny of broad (specialist) clinical engagement in commissioning, which supports the case for our existence and also for action to deliver this at local level.

View: Health Committee Report: Commissioning 

“We believe it is essential for clinical engagement in commissioning to draw from as wide a pool of practitioners as is possible in order to ensure that it deliver maximum benefits to patients. GPs have an essential role to play as the catalyst of this process, and under the terms of the Government’s changes they, through the commissioning consortia, will have the statutory responsibility for commissioning. They should, however, be seen as generalists who draw on specialist knowledge when required, not as the ultimate arbiters of all commissioning decisions. The Committee therefore intends to review the arrangements proposed for integrating the full range of clinical expertise into the commissioning process.” 

Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians said, "The RCP welcomes the Health Select Committee's Commissioning Report, published on 18 January. We particularly endorse the recommendation that clinical engagement in commissioning should draw from as wide a pool of practitioners as possible. Through wide-ranging reforms laid out in the White Paper Equity and Excellence, the Government plans to put GPs at the heart of commissioning."

Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the Committee says, "The report sets out the crucial issues which the Committee believes the Health Bill should address and which it intends to follow up". One issue states, "Effective and accountable commissioning requires the engagement of the entire clinical community; GPs have a major role as a catalyst for this process, but not as the ultimate arbiters of all commissioning decisions."

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