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Conflict of interest concerns addressed


19 December 2014

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Clinical commissioning groups will be given extra support when conflict of interests rise by the Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS Clinical Commissioners and the British Medical Association.

The three groups have developed a set of shared principles that were launched yesterday.

Clinical commissioning groups will be given extra support when conflict of interests rise by the Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS Clinical Commissioners and the British Medical Association.

The three groups have developed a set of shared principles that were launched yesterday.

CCGs and their involvement in the commissioning of general practice have the potential to cause conflicts of interest when procuring services from their member practices. Concerns were raised that if these are not tackled early on they could limit a commissioner’s abilities to develop and deliver new models of care for the benefits of patients.

Dr Amanda Doyle, co-chair of NHSCC and Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Blackpool CCG said: “Our members recognise that potential conflicts of interest will occur when CCGs commission primary care, but they are manageable. As long as CCGs are working to their strategic commissioning plans and have the recommended checks and balances in place when they procure services, then the rationale for what and how they are commissioning from member practices will withstand scrutiny.”

“Developing these shared principles with the RCGP and BMA sends out an important message that the primary care and general practice sector are committed to making the co-commissioning agenda work and that we are working together for our patients and local populations”

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