Government must drop term 'GP commissioning'

The government must drop its terms 'GP commissioning consortia' and 'GP-led commissioning' to ensure commissioning is seen as a multi-disciplinary activity, the NHS Future Forum has recommended.

Professor Steve Field called on the government to amend the Health Bill appropriately
Professor Steve Field called on the government to amend the Health Bill appropriately

The independent NHS reform review panel said that it is important that other health professionals feed into the commissioning process.

It recommended that consortia demonstrate they have ‘robust arrangements’ in place for multi-professional involvement during their assurance process with the NHS Commissioning Board.

It therefore said that the government must change the language it uses to describe the commissioning bodies to reflect that commissioning ‘will not just involve GPs’.

Meanwhile, the NHS Future Forum appeared to reject calls by the BMA to drop the quality premium – a payment to reward consortia who keep to budget and improve patient outcomes.  

Instead, it said a proportion of the quality premium should be dedicated to outcomes derived from the joint health and wellbeing strategy – a shared a vision across health and social care put together by the local authority and consortia.

Launching the report, Professor Steve Field, chairman of the NHS Future Forum called on the government to amend the Health Bill appropriately.

He said: ‘We believe the listening exercise has been successful… but we now urge politicians to work together the take the NHS forward.

‘We believe the government should accept our recommendation. We don’t believe this is an issue that is meant to be a political football.’

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