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‘CCG audits to explain acute trust pressures’


11 June 2014

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Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) could be audited to uncover why acute trusts are facing an increased bureaucratic “burden”.
A report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) unveiled recommended the plan, branding it as “essential”. 
An increasing number of commissioners and reporting requirements has raised bureaucracy levels, trusts claimed during the HSCIC’s audit. 

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) could be audited to uncover why acute trusts are facing an increased bureaucratic “burden”.
A report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) unveiled recommended the plan, branding it as “essential”. 
An increasing number of commissioners and reporting requirements has raised bureaucracy levels, trusts claimed during the HSCIC’s audit. 
The HSCIC and NHS England believe that auditing CCGs will establish reasons behind the increase, while also highlighting the levels of bureaucracy in CCGs. 
The organisations will then work to reduce the burden. 
HSCIC’s report, Busting Bureaucracy reads: “Should they choose to implement the recommendations, Trusts will be in a better position to understand the baseline for their organisation and what steps need to be taken next in order to reduce the level of burden and bureaucracy within their own organisation. 
“Additionally, by conducting further audits in CCGs, a rounded view will be gained of the factors contributing to the perceived increase in burden resulting from the recent changes to commissioning and the associated reporting requirements.”
The plans will be reviewed in July 2014. The full report is available to view on the HSCIC website

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