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GPs’ active participation will be crucial to success of CCGs, NHS Confederation says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 24 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2671
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England must build on the successes of the outgoing primary care trusts and not begin by “starting again from scratch,” says the NHS Confederation.

In a new report outlining lessons for CCGs to take forward, the confederation, the membership body for organisations that commission and provide NHS services, said that many primary care trusts made significant progress in developing effective commissioning during their 13 year lifespan and that this progress should not be overlooked in the new system.1

CCGs assumed statutory responsibility for commissioning around £65bn (€76bn; $99bn) of NHS services on 1 April 2013, after the coalition government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 abolished primary care trusts.2

Ministers and critics of the former …

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