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Demand for GPs has never been higher
Commissioning board and Trust Development Authority directors handed responsibility for 2012-13 deliverySubscription
Senior leaders appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board and NHS Trust Development Authority are to take on ‘management responsibility’ for the delivery of NHS performance in 2012/13 from 1 October, six months before the abolition of PCTs and SHAs. This is in addition to existing respective responsibility for commissioning development and the foundation trust pipeline.
Some primary care trust and strategic health authority staff may be kept on for up to a year after April 2013 to help “close down” the abolished organisations, it has emerged.
Vital appointments to the new commissioning system have fallen further behind schedule, the NHS Commissioning Board has admitted, causing significant knock-on problems for the transition process.
Does the Health Act leave Lansley powerless?
The health service should not expect a “sudden overnight change on 1 April next year” to an autonomous and liberated system, the chair of the NHS Commissioning Board has told HSJ.
The health secretary has been forced to consult across government on whether to publish the risk register for the NHS reform “transition”, as ordered by the Information Commissioner, ministers have confirmed.
The effectiveness of health and wellbeing boards will depond upon how well they are able to build relationships between their members, says NHS Confederation deputy policy director Jo Webber.
The Lords committee which reviews the constitutional implications of new legislation has said the Health Bill poses a risk that “individual ministerial responsibility to parliament will be diluted or that legal accountability to the courts will be fragmented”.
The British Medical Association’s ruling council today voted to begin a public campaign for the withdrawal of the Health Bill.