Exclusive: LMCs to demand GP power to sack CCG boards

GPs should have the power to sack clinical commissioning group (CCG) boards if they underperform, GP leaders will argue at this year's UK LMC conference.

Dr Balmer: CCG accountability (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Dr Balmer: CCG accountability (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Motions submitted to the conference, seen by GP, demand a financial mechanism to fund work transferred to primary care and a redefinition of core GP services, to prevent unfunded work being loaded onto GPs.

Concerns over the rollout of revalidation, cuts to pensions, the implications of the Health Act reforms and a GP recruitment crisis will dominate debates at this year’s conference in Liverpool on 22 and 23 May.

A North Essex LMC motion calls for practices to be able to ‘recall the CCG governing body should a majority of practices support such action’.

Essex LMC chief executive Dr Brian Balmer said that if most of a CCG’s GP members thought the group was making poor decisions, they should be able to hold an emergency general meeting and a vote of no confidence in the CCG board.

Somerset LMC has submitted a motion calling for CCGs to become more accountable to local GPs. Somerset LMC chairman Dr Barry Moyse said the motion urged CCGs to explain the rationale behind commissioning decisions and to allow practices to make suggestions.

Despite strong LMC opposition to the Health Act, LMCs said motions urging GPs to boycott commissioning were unlikely.

Cleveland LMC secretary Dr John Canning said: ‘No-one would want to disengage entirely. We need to make this work.’

Dr Balmer added: ‘The LMCs are going to have to deal with this day to day. I’m not surprised that there are not a lot of "take to the streets" motions against commissioning.’

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