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Clinical commissioning groups will be forced to contract support services to large commercial organisations, says BMA

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 24 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7662
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Government plans outlining how support services will be provided to clinical commissioning groups when they take on responsibility for commissioning the lion’s share of NHS services will give large private companies “an in built advantage” and make it very difficult for these new commissioners to employ their own staff or contract to local organisations, the BMA has warned.

The Department of Health has sent out draft guidance to various health organisations outlining how clinical commissioning groups should function from 2013, including how technical and “back office” functions, currently provided by primary care trust clusters, should be provided long term.

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