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“Overly prescriptive” targets pose threat to clinical commissioning groups

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6090 (Published 08 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6090
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

England’s new clinical commissioning groups could be placed at “serious financial risk” if asked to meet tough new government targets without additional funding, a representative body has warned.

NHS Clinical Commissioners warned that the Department of Health’s updated mandate to NHS England1 could lead to CCGs becoming unsustainable, because the revised plans had not been fully costed.

The warning came as one of the largest commissioning groups in England said that it was facing a deficit of £11m (€13m; $18m) this year because of a surge in activity in urgent …

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