Exclusive: DoH ready reckoner for CCGs contains inappropriate indicators

The DoH ready reckoner tool to help clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) work out running costs incorporates indicators which may be inappropriate, according to the next National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) chairman.

Dr Alessi: the DoH ready reckoner tool for CCGs incorporates indicators for counter fraud measures and patient and public involvement.
Dr Alessi: the DoH ready reckoner tool for CCGs incorporates indicators for counter fraud measures and patient and public involvement.

Surrey GP Dr Charles Alessi is to take on the NAPC chairman's role in January and speaks exclusively to GP newspaper in our 7 October issue about his priorities.

He says the DoH ready reckoner tool for CCGs, which was launched this month, incorporates indicators for counter fraud measures and patient and public involvement.

These may not be functions of CCGs, he says, warning it is important that the DoH measures the right things to help CCGs assess their financial risk and the population cover.

The ready reckoner has already come under fire for defaulting to populations of 300,000 when 200,000 would be a more realistic average, fuelling fears that the DoH is against smaller CCGs.

A DoH spokesman said: 'We have always been clear that we expect emerging CCGs to take account of their own local circumstances when thinking about how they best deliver their functions.

'CCGs can input their own information into the tool, and we think it will help them consider the way in which they structure their support to improve quality and secure the best value from their running costs.'

Read the full interview with Dr Alessi in which he also talks about the DoH's plan to remove practice boundaries in our 7 October issue.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...