Healthcare commissioners need clearer expectations and longer funding rounds, says NHS regulator

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2041
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Commissioners of healthcare should be given budgets for more than a year so that they do not need to renew contracts with providers annually, the health regulator for England has said. This would give them greater financial stability and planning ability, it said.

The recommendation on how the NHS Commissioning Board should promote commissioning was included in a review by the regulator, Monitor, of what constitutes a “fair playing field” for the various potential providers of NHS healthcare.1

Altogether Monitor made 30 recommendations to the government, but it concluded that the key factor in whether patients can get the best care was how commissioners go about the task of securing services.

The review was commissioned last …

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