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Eight CCGs could join to bring commissioning support in house


11 April 2014

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Eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in London are considering bringing all commissioning support functions in house. 
The CCGs are currently reviewing the services they purchase from North West London commissioning support unit (CSU).
The move would remove around three-quarters of the CSU’s business and see staff transferred to  Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham CGGs.

Eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in London are considering bringing all commissioning support functions in house. 
The CCGs are currently reviewing the services they purchase from North West London commissioning support unit (CSU).
The move would remove around three-quarters of the CSU’s business and see staff transferred to  Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham CGGs.
If the CCGs decide not to renew their service level agreement, which expires in September, three-quarters of CSU staff would be transferred to work under the CCGs. 
An internal document from the CSU said the change would remove around three-quarters of staff. 
The document reads: “Remaining services to non-CCG customers and corporate services would continue with plans to merge with the South London and Kent and Medway CSUs.”
The document added that the organisation found it “disappointing that [their] hard work… has not been recognised”.
Some CCG member believed the CSU was more focused on growing its other business, while neglecting the CCGs. 

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