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New NHS commissioning board gets to work

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 31 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7078
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The NHS Commissioning Board for England has begun work. It was established on 31 October in shadow form as a special health authority and will take on its full statutory responsibilities in April 2013, assuming that the Health and Social Care Bill passes its remaining parliamentary hurdles.

The board has a chairman, Malcolm Grant, who was nominated by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, and approved on a 4-3 vote by the House of Commons Health Committee. The New Zealand born Professor Grant, provost of University College London, was opposed by the committee’s Labour members for failing to convince them that he was conversant with all the nooks and crannies …

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