Hospital calls for say in CCG work

A hospital trust has invited GP commissioners to its meetings in a bid to be involved in the decisions of the local clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Dr Nagpaul: welcomed the trust’s bid to forge stronger links the CCG
Dr Nagpaul: welcomed the trust’s bid to forge stronger links the CCG

The invitation by Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust comes after the government said that nurses and consultants on CCG boards need to be from outside the area.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said many CCGs were finding it difficult to recruit consultants from outside the area and welcomed the trust’s bid to forge stronger links with the CCG.

He said: ‘It makes sense to invite GPs on CCGs to hospital board meetings. The government however is speaking double speak. It talks about integration but it says that the consultant and nurse on the board should be from outside the area.

‘The GPC has said that we think this requirement in unusual and some CCGs are finding it difficult to find a consultant for their boards.’

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s invitation comes after the idea was suggested in response to a consultation about the implications of the Health and Social Care Act.

Trust chairman Paul Connellan said: ‘Because of the increased role which GPs now have in determining what and from where healthcare services are commissioned, a suggestion was made that the relevant local GPs should be invited to attend future public meetings. The hospital has already raised this with the chair of the CCG to ask if this would be possible.

‘The changes already enacted and those likely to occur over the next two years will be the most fundamental since the NHS was created in 1948. If foundation trust membership is to be meaningful we think that all members should have the chance to discuss with their local governors their views and comments on these changes.’

A spokesman for Tameside and Glossop CCG was unavailable to comment.

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