Monitor to target GPs to discuss commissioning conflicts of interest

Regulator Monitor is to ask GPs how much 'self supply', or GPs commissioning their own services, is acceptable.

Speaking on London on Tuesday, Dr David Bennett, chairman and interim chief executive of regulatory body Monitor, said that he was keen to talk with GPs and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) now that the Health Bill pause is over.

‘One of our problems was we were very keen to do this but really had to take a step back from talking to people during the listening exercise,’ Dr Bennett said.

‘I certainly want to talk to GPs and CCGs and I think that’s one of the big changes for Monitor.’

Dr Bennett said that Monitor will look for input from GPs when it comes to decide what level of ‘self supply’- where GPs commission their own services - is acceptable.

‘On the specific issue of how much self supply should just be allowed to happen with no regulatory intervention at all versus what would be unacceptable at the other extreme; we’re going to really have to do the work.

‘First of all to really understand is what’s going on today, to think about the pros and cons of different places to draw that boundary and discuss it with GPs and others and try to achieve a consensus,’ Dr Bennett said. 

Dr Bennett said that he had already had talks with the BMA and future meetings are due to take place. He also had plans to meet the RCGP.

‘GPs are the single biggest constituency that’s now going to be really important to us, that we haven’t historically had any real relationship with at all,’ Dr Bennett said.

We want a dialogue with GPs, the chair of monitor has said.

 

Dr David Bennett, chair and interim chief executive of regulatory body Monitor, said that he was keen to talk with GPs and clinical commissioning groups now that the pause is over.

 

‘One of our problems was we were very keen to do this but really had to take a step back from talking to people during the listening exercise,’ Dr Bennett said.

 

‘I certainly want to talk to GPs and commissioning groups and I think that’s one of the big changes for monitor.’

 

Dr Bennett said that Monitor will look for input from GPs when it comes to decide what level of ‘self supply’- where GPs commission their own services - is acceptable.

 

‘On the specific issue of how much self supply should just be allowed to happened with no regulatory intervention at all versus what would be unacceptable at the other extreme; we’re going to really have to do the work.’

 

‘First of all to really understand what’s going on today, to think about the pros and cons of different places to draw that boundary and discuss it with GPs and others and try and achieve a consensus,’ Dr Bennett said.  

 

Dr Bennett said that he had already had talks with Tony Bourne, chairman of the BMA and future meetings are due to take place.

 

Dr Bennett said that he also had plans to meet with the RCGP.

 

‘GPs is the single biggest constituency that’s now going to be really important to us, that we haven’t historically had any real relationship with at all,’ Dr Bennett said.

 

 

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