NHS England has instructed all clinical commissioning groups they must go to the market to procure a number of support services rather than bring them in house.
There has been a ‘boom’ in large scale GP provider organisations being set up in recent months.
Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.
More than four in five GP practices rated by the Care Quality Commission have been judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, analysis by HSJ has found.
Clinical leaders are ‘more willing to challenge or ignore diktats and messages from above’ than their managerial colleagues in clinical commissioning groups, research shared exclusively with HSJ has found.
Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have taken on fully delegated responsibility of their primary care budgets despite serious concerns raised by some groups, HSJ has learned.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated the Conservatives would meet the NHS’s funding requirements, but declined to specifically say they would increase spending by the £8bn sum identified by national officials.
The clinical commissioning groups taking on full control of GP services in their area this week will be responsible for performance managing poor practices and approving practice mergers, according to documents seen by HSJ.
The Care Quality Commission will no longer be risk rating GP practices as part of its intelligent monitoring process.
Commissioners have been left with only two weeks to finalise ?potentially complex legal arrangements for taking control of their primary care budgets.
Activity in general practice has risen in the last three complete financial years, but most of this has been for medical professionals other than GPs, research by a leading health think thank suggests.
Greater Manchester’s £6bn devolution deal has been criticised for excluding GPs from consultation about the new arrangements.
The first clinical commissioning groups to be given control of their the primary care budgets have said they will use their new powers to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View’s new models of care and scale up GP services, HSJ has learnt.
NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.
The involvement of GPs is the most important and most challenging factor facing any area wanting to trial one of the new models of care detailed in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Simon Stevens has said.
Ministers across government are focusing on attempting to cut the rate of delayed transfers of care in a renewed effort to improve accident and emergency performance ahead of the general election.
GPs involved in clinical commissioning groups have doubts about whether they will be capable of taking on additional responsibility for primary care, health think tanks have warned.
Clinical commissioning groups are considering swapping GPs with their neighbouring groups to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest in commissioning primary care.
Around a third of clinical commissioning groups are bidding to take over responsibility for performance management and budgets of their member GP practices from April, HSJ can reveal.
Up to a fifth of people attending walk-in centres were diverted from an A&E, according to new research by an academic at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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