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May 1, 2012
One of the biggest fears CCGs hold in entering the new NHS is freedom. Or the lackthereof in this case.

One of the biggest fears CCGs hold in entering the new NHS is freedom. Or the lack thereof in this case.

Will CCGs be allowed to be locally-focused organisations and awarded the trust to make their own choices for their local population? Or are they doomed to forever fall in line with the big NHS bosses determined to rule from the centre?

April 27, 2012
Bexley CCG Chair says neighbouring CCGs have been “sympathetic” to his low funding allocation.

CCGs will need to rely on each other to broker sums of money to each other to cover end of year positions and ‘overlaps’ in services.

Former Labour MP for Dartford, Bexley CCG Chair Dr Howard Stoate told GPB his neighbouring CCGs in South East London have been “sympathetic” to his low funding allocation.

April 26, 2012
Spending has halved since last year as the new commissioning landscape begins to evolve.

PCTs almost halved their consultancy spend last year from £261m to £138m as the new commissioning landscape begins to evolve.

Research by market intelligence firm Laing and Buisson’s NHS Financial Information 2012 showed consultancy spend across the NHS in England and Wales fell by a quarter from £605m in 2009/2010 to £452m in 2010/2011.

April 24, 2012
The NHS Alliance, NAPC and NHS Confederation have partnered to create a unified voice.

The NHS Alliance, National Association of Primary Care and NHS Confederation have partnered to form a single CCG membership body – NHS Clinical Commissioners.

While a full merger between the three bodies has not been proposed, it is a “possible outcome” in the distant future, NHS Alliance Chair Dr Michael Dixon told GP Business.

April 20, 2012
New research suggests a lack of confidence in the future of the healthcare sector.

Almost half of all GPs are undecided whether the creation of clinical commissioning groups is a “good thing”, research suggests.

Lloyds TSB Commercial’s Healthcare Index shows 94% of GPs expect further financial pressures over the next five years and 92% anticipate increased competition in the market during the same period.

Over 81% also expect a rise in the number of larger practices, potentially arising from the formation of clinical commissioning groups.

April 17, 2012
New measures aimed at reducing hospital admission rates among elderly population.

Bromley CCG has enlisted the help of risk stratification software to reduce hospital admission rates among its elderly population.

United Health's RISC tool allows Bromley CCG's 49 participating practices to interrogate patient data to identify those patients at a heightened risk of their long-term condition escalating.

Bromley CCG was spurred on to make use of the technology by its high elderly population – 16% of its 300,000 patient population is over the age of 65.

April 16, 2012
With the CCG authorisation phase due to begin this summer do GPs need reassurance?

GP concerns over NHS reforms may grow this year thanks to CCG authorisation difficulties, it is claimed.

Chief Executive  of the King's Fund, Professor Chris Ham said the majority of GPs have no  opinion on clinical commissioning "one way or the other", preferring to "keep  their heads down and focus on their clinical commitments".

The  government's controversial Health and Social Care Bill finally passed into law  after gaining Royal Assent on the 27 March.