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College urges government to rethink its proposals on commissioning support

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7875
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The government needs to rethink support services to clinical commissioning groups to ensure they can deliver the service that patients need, the Royal College of General Practitioners says.

Current government thinking on how clinical commissioning groups should function from 2013, including how they will acquire commissioning support services such as technical and “back office” functions, is outlined in the document Developing commissioning support: towards service excellence.

The document says “business intelligence” such as collecting and organising data, “major clinical procurement,” back office functions including …

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