Previous forms of commissioning failed, government officials admit

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5918
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Previous forms of commissioning in the NHS in England were failing to deliver the benefits they were supposed to and had to be dropped, Department of Health officials have told MPs.

Officials giving evidence to MPs on the parliamentary health select committee as part of its inquiry into commissioning said on 19 October that the benefits envisaged by previous approaches, such as world class commissioning and practice based commissioning, had not materialised.

The committee’s chairman, Stephen Dorrell, Conservative MP for Charnwood, said, “I want to look at what I regard as the government’s central conclusion from its [health] white paper, which is, if we want to make commissioning effective, primary care trusts as they are now have to be …

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