GP-led services subject to competition law, says Lansley

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has said 'GPs buying services from themselves' will be considered an abuse of new competition rules.

Mr Lansley: GP pathfinder commissioners consider the DoH’s £25-35 per patient management allowance ‘entirely reasonable'
Mr Lansley: GP pathfinder commissioners consider the DoH’s £25-35 per patient management allowance ‘entirely reasonable'

The statement appears to contradict DoH advisors who have warned that consortia will have to be able to commission enhanced services when the NHS Commissioning Board takes over primary care contracting in 2013.

Giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Bill committee, Mr Lansley suggested GP-led services such as enhanced services would be subject to competition law.

'Buying any service from yourself will be considered an abuse, and anyone who is blocked out by that will be allowed to raise a complaint,' he said.

But Dr James Kingsland, the DoH's national clinical commissioning network lead, told GP that consortia will have to have influence over QOF performance and commission enhanced services, as 'one organisation can't manage 8,000 practice contracts'.

Earlier Mr Lansley told MPs that GP pathfinder commissioners consider the DoH’s £25-35 per patient management allowance ‘entirely reasonable'.

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