GPs, rather than the government, should be blamed for failures in new NHS, MPs are told

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 20 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6820
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

GPs on the new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the NHS in England should take responsibility for any clinical failures and budget overspends rather than blaming the government, MPs have heard.

Responsibility should lie at the local level of the NHS once the reforms of the health service take effect, claimed Malcolm Grant, chairman of the NHS Commissioning Board, which will oversee England’s clinical commissioning groups.

Professor Grant, president and provost of University College London, was giving evidence to the health select committee on 18 October as a one off pre-appointment session to quiz him as the candidate chosen for the job by the health secretary Andrew Lansley. The Department of Health confirmed his appointment …

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