Clinical Commissioning Groups start to take budgets11th December 2012
This week the NHS Commissioning Board has given authorisation for 34 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to assume the management of health service budgets for their areas.
Sir David Nicholson, the NHS Commissioning Board’s Chief Executive, said: "The creation of CCGs is a great opportunity for the NHS that will have real benefits for patients. In future, the vast majority of decisions about how we use the public’s money will be made in the community by the clinicians who are closest to the needs of the people they look after."
"They have the knowledge and expertise to lead the improvements in services that we all want to see. We are determined to push power to the front line where talented clinicians and their teams can make a real difference."
The CCGs are the first of a planned 211 bodies that will have responsibility from April next year for £65 billion of the health service's Commissioning Board budget.
The chief executive of the NHS Federation, Mike Farrar, said the bodies would be able to improve care as long as they were allowed the "freedom" to make radical changes.
He explained: "Lasting success will depend on CCGs having the freedom to make bold and brave decisions that are in the interests of improving care."
He added: "We must avoid overwhelming CCGs with complexity and instead focus on the key issues - maintaining financial stability and developing new models of care for patients and local communities."
The 34 CCGs have all undergone a five month assessment and will be responsible for planning and commissioning community services for around 10 million people.
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