Proposed targets for new NHS commissioners receive lukewarm response

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 02 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5279
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Proposed targets for the doctor led clinical commissioning groups that will take charge of commissioning in the NHS in England from next year have received a lacklustre initial response.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) working with the NHS Commissioning Board published the first menu of Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) indicators on 1 August.1

The 44 indicators recommended by the COF advisory committee include targets on cancer mortality, care after a stroke, emergency admissions, and patients’ quality of life.

From April next year, the COF will hold clinical commissioning groups to account for improvement in quality of healthcare and patient outcomes.

Several doctors’ representatives and charities have raised doubts over the indicators saying there are too …

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