NAPC and NHS Alliance join forces to support clinical commissioning

The NHS Alliance and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) have joined forces to form an independent coalition to support clinical commissioning.

Dr Dixon: 'We will insist on 'nothing about us without us''
Dr Dixon: 'We will insist on 'nothing about us without us''

The organisations aim to ensure that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are at the heart of the NHS rather than being ‘controlled by the centre’ or ‘overburdened by statutory responsibilities’.

The organisations said a main priority was to lobby the government to review the role and power of the NHS Commissioning Board (NCB) to ensure that it ‘enables rather than controls’ CCGs’ work.

It will also seek to ensure clinical senates, clinical networks and health and wellbeing boards will not hinder CCGs, with CCGs being the ‘final decision makers’ for their patients.

Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance, said the groups have a ‘long history’ of championing clinical commissioning.

He said: ‘We will listen to and represent CCGs’ views and concerns without compromise, wherever and whenever necessary. We will be a united voice that will serve to balance the top heavy approach often seen in the NHS. We will insist on 'nothing about us without us'.’
NAPC chairman Dr Johnny Marshall added: ‘These are exciting, if challenging, times. The strength of our two organisations working in partnership on the same agenda should reassure CCGs of our commitment to their cause and that of their patients.’

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