GP commissioning should use a co-operative model, says NHS Alliance

GP commissioning should use a co-operative model that involves a range of clinicians and managers, an NHS Alliance report has said.

The report said GP commissioning is not just about GPs, but instead it should also involve nurses, pharmacists, specialists, and managers working in a ‘co-operative local clinical partnership’.

The NHS Alliance said that the co-operative model would see profits ploughed back into patient care, rather than to individuals.

‘By abolishing self interest, the co-operative model enables local clinicians and managers to forge a constructive partnership with local patients and people, when the only vested interest is the good of the patient and the local population,’ the report said.

‘Developing GP Commissioning – a new form of local clinically led and empowered commissioning', also called for the government to implement 'clinically empowered commissioning' quickly, and said 'we do not have the luxury of time to debate every bit of detail'.

Julie Wood, director of NHS Alliance’s clinical commissioning federation, said: ‘This resonates with the government’s policy, but now it’s time to act.

'The government needs to move quickly and work closely with those ready to take this model forward.’

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