GP commissioners are advised “if in doubt, disclose” when managing conflicts of interest

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7804
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

New guidance for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on managing conflicts of interest when commissioning general practice services has emphasised the message “if in doubt, disclose.”

NHS England has produced the guidance, Managing Conflicts of Interest: Statutory Guidance for CCGs, to support the local implementation of co-commissioning arrangements.1

Primary care co-commissioning is one of a series of changes that was set out in the NHS’s Five Year Forward View, published in October by NHS England.2 Co-commissioning is seen as key to developing seamless, integrated services outside hospitals that are based on the needs of local populations. NHS England also sees it as a means to encourage the development of new models of care, such as multispecialty community providers and primary and acute …

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