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‘Strong’ economic case for commissioning regs


3 February 2012

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Thereis a “strong economic case” to regulate the commissioning and procurementprofessions in the same way as accountants and lawyers, it is claimed.

DougForbes, Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) CommissioningDivision, said he is “disappointed” the governance of the commissioning andprocurement professions has not been modernised.


Thereis a “strong economic case” to regulate the commissioning and procurementprofessions in the same way as accountants and lawyers, it is claimed.

DougForbes, Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) CommissioningDivision, said he is “disappointed” the governance of the commissioning andprocurement professions has not been modernised.

“Giventhe complexities of EU Public Procurement law and the myth of exemption,clinical commissioners are heading for failure, only they don’t realise it,” hewarned.

There is a “strong economic case” to regulate the commissioning and procurement professions in the same way as accountants and lawyers, it is claimed.

Doug Forbes, Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) Commissioning Division, said he is “disappointed” the governance of the commissioning and procurement professions has not been modernised.

“Given the complexities of EU Public Procurement law and the myth of exemption, clinical commissioners are heading for failure, only they don’t realise it,” he warned.

Should the commissioning and procurement professions be subjected to regulation, Forbes claims commissioning leadership "would soon emerge and develop", as people would be incentivised to get qualified, register and improve.

A lack of clear action in this area will mean the government’s health reforms “will continue to fail”, he said.

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