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GP consortia should have nurse on board

5th April 2011

The House of Commons Select Health Committee has said government plans for GP consortia should be required to establish commissioning boards which include nurses.


MPs said changes to the government's reform of the NHS should include stipulations about who should sit on the boards of the new consortia, which will be responsible for how much of the money in the health service is spent from 2013.

The government has stated that it will not make it compulsory for the new consortia to have boards and will not stipulate how the boards should be made up.

However, the committee's most recent report on NHS commissioning said the consortia should be called "NHS Commissioning Authorities" and should have boards.

The report added that the boards should include a nurse, in addition to other health professionals.

The report said the committee recommended that the "statutory governance arrangements for local commissioning bodies should prescribe that the membership of the board should include representatives of nurses and of secondary care doctors".

The report added that the "leading role" of GPs should be retained in the new committees, so they should be made up of a minimum of 13 members.

Health committee chair and former health secretary Stephen Dorrell said: "Our proposals are designed to ensure that NHS commissioning involves all stakeholders – GPs, certainly, but also nurses, hospital doctors, and representatives of social care and local communities."

Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: "Modern healthcare services are increasingly nurse-led and today’s report recognises our evidence that nurses play a pivotal role in the NHS’ decision-making process."


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