More than a quarter of commissioners put NHS services out to tender for fear of legal action, survey says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 08 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2628
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

More than a quarter of senior commissioning leaders in England say that their organisation has opened up NHS services to competition owing to fears of legal action, a new survey has found.

A fifth of respondents to the poll by the Health Service Journal1 said that their clinical commissioning group (CCG) had been formally challenged under new competition rules established by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which came into force in April 2013.

In a poll of senior board members from 93 commissioning groups 29% of 103 respondents said that their group had invited, or was currently inviting, competition for services “in cases where they would …

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