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.

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