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Uniformity of service provision across a cluster?

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June 25. 2012
Ian White

I wonder if there is a default position for CCG's across a cluster to unify their service provision of a particular profession/service?

In my profession (Optometry) there are core NHS offerings that are negotiated/commissioned nationally (GOS).  Additionally, as in Pharmacy, we also have locally commisioned enhanced services.  If for example a cluster were to envelop 2 PCT's, one PCT has enhanced service 'X' that is working well and is delivering the required objectives and the other PCT does not have service 'X'. Would the default position to be to; a) Roll out the service to cover both areas, b) Cancel the service in both areas, c) Continue with the disparity.

Is there indeed a default position, or is each case judged on its merits?

Ian White.

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