GPs’ pleas for their conflict of interests to be treated with leniency are rejected by commissioning board

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 22 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7967
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Potential conflicts of interest among GPs who are both providers and commissioners of healthcare services must be dealt with robustly for the new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to start off “on a good footing,” the deputy chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board has said.

Ian Dalton, who is also responsible for the board’s Operations Directorate, said that although there was nothing improper about GPs holding dual roles, conflicts needed to be fully scrutinised and tackled to give “credibility” to clinical commissioners.

His comments, made during a panel debate at the NHS Alliance’s conference in Bournemouth this week, …

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