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November 24, 2011
Government proposals will position clinical commissioning in a “full-scale market” and introduce “commercially-focused criteria” in appointing support staff

Government proposals will position clinical commissioning in a “full-scalemarket” and introduce “commercially-focused criteria” in appointing supportstaff.

TheBritish Medical Association (BMA) said recent guidance issued by the government will make it“very difficult” for CCGs to employ their own commissioning support staff andfor NHS commissioning support bodies evolving from PCT clusters to competeagainst large, established commercial organisations.

November 11, 2011
Commissioning GPs are “far less culturally inhibited” about working with the private sector, a Department of Health official has claimed

Commissioning GPs are “far less culturally inhibited”about working with the private sector, a Department of Health official hasclaimed.

Jim Easton, national director forimprovement and efficiency at the Department of Health, told GPB he has seenevidence GPs are “more welcoming” of the private sector than previouscommissioning structures.

“It seems GPs are far less culturallyinhibited than PCTs when it comes with the involvement of the private sector inthe NHS,” he said.

October 25, 2011
Local Medical Committees (LMCs) will have a key role to play within the reformed NHS, the Department of Health has confirmed

Local medical committees (LMCs) will have a key role to play within the reformed NHS, the Department of Health has confirmed.

In a letter to the BMA's GPs' Committee (GPC), Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has allayed fears clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were being permitted to 'sideline' LMCs.

September 24, 2011
The dismantling of the current NHS IT programme is to be accelerated following a recommendation that "it is not fit" to provide the modern services required

The dismantling of the current NHS IT programme is to be accelerated following a recommendation that "it is not fit" to provide the modern services required.

A review by the Cabinet Office's Major Projects Authority (MPA) reported that while the programme has offered "substantial achievements", it "has not and cannot" deliver to its original intent.

Such achievements accounted for two-thirds of the £6.4bn spent so far, said the review. They include, NHSmail and the 'choose and book' system.

September 17, 2011
The government has been warned it is "vital" there are no further delays to the "long overdue" social care reform in England ahead of the launch of its listening exercise

The government has been warned it is "vital" there are no further delays to the "long overdue" social care reform in England ahead of the launch of its listening exercise.

The 'Caring for Our Future' engagement exercise kicks off on Monday (19 September) and will last three months.

Experts from Carers UK, the Alzheimer's Society, the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services (ADASS), NAAPS, ABI as well as GPs and councillors have been enlisted by the Department of Health to help lead discussions.

September 16, 2011
Undertaking the QUIPP challenge at a time of major NHS reorganisation risks compromising its progress, the Health Select Committee has been warned

Undertaking the QIPP challenge at a time of major NHS reorganisation risks compromising its progress, MPs have been warned.

In written evidence submitted to the Health Select Committee, the King's Fund argues it is not yet possible to evaluate the extent to which the NHS is succeeding in making efficiency gains rather than cuts.

This is due to the lack of systematic monitoring of the measures being taken locally through QIPP plans.

September 13, 2011
The abolition of practice boundaries could destabilise general practices in local areas, claims a British Medical Association (BMA) representative

The abolition of practice boundaries could destabilise general practices in local areas, claims a British Medical Association (BMA) representative.

The government's White Paper, Equity & excellence: Liberating the NHS, has committed that by April 2012, every patient will have a clear right to choose to register with any GP practice with an open list and without being restricted by where they live.

September 8, 2011
General practices will have to work around QOF if they are to implement a long-term condition (LTC) patient self-care approach, it has been claimed

General practices will have to work around QOF if they are to implement a long-term condition (LTC) patient self-care approach, it has been claimed.

The 'care planning' model moves away from the practice of defining a patient by their LTC and seeks to strengthen the relationship between a patient and their GP.

By looking at all aspects of a patient's life, rather than focusing solely on their medical condition, it is argued a GP is better equipped to guide and engage with a patient.

March 2, 2011
The cancer survival rates gap between England and the best-performing European countries remains as wide as ever despite the last government launching its NHS Cancer Plan 10 years ago, a parliamentary report said.

The cancer survival rates gap between England and the best-performing European countries remains as wide as ever despite the last government launching its NHS Cancer Plan 10 years ago, a parliamentary report said.

The report revealed that the Department of Health estimated 10,000 lives could be saved each year if the NHS was as good as the best in Europe, with better public and GP awareness of symptoms and earlier diagnosis being the key priorities for improvement.