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MPs demand action on “significant” conflicts of interest in GP out-of-hours care

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6770 (Published 12 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6770
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are failing to adequately manage the “significant” conflicts of interest when buying GP out-of-hours services from organisations in which their board members hold a financial stake, MPs have warned.

A report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee1 questioned the current safeguards in place for managing competing interests and urged NHS England to introduce tougher scrutiny by seeking “documentary evidence” of how commissioning decisions were reached.

The report, Out-of-Hours GP Services in England, said that the “inherent risk of conflicts of interest” in allowing CCGs to commission GP out-of-hours care “should have been properly addressed before clinical commissioning groups were introduced [in April 2013].” This comes after an …

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