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Involve specialists in commissioning, urges Royal College of Physicians

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3380
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Hospital specialists and public health doctors must be appointed to commissioning consortium boards and have a key role in decisions made about patient care and service planning at both national and local level, the Royal College of Physicians has said.

The college has set out its priorities for change in its response to the government’s listening exercise on the Health and Social Care Bill.

It argues that the involvement of specialists and other relevant healthcare professionals in commissioning, rather than just in an advisory capacity, is crucial if patients are to receive optimal quality, integrated care.

Representation and involvement of secondary care clinicians should be key criteria for the authorisation …

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