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Monitor to investigate CCGs’ contract decision in test case

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4316
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Monitor, regulator of the NHS in England, is launching an investigation into a commissioning decision made by four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in London, after a private sector provider that lost out on a contract complained.

Monitor said that it would decide whether the CCGs’ actions in commissioning the elective care services were in the interests of patients, in accordance with the NHS rules on procurement, choice, and competition.

The BMA called the action a “test case” in how greater competition in the NHS, introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, was being applied and said that it would have an effect on other CCGs around the country.

Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, told The BMJ, “A worry that CCGs and GPs in general have had about …

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