Review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services
An independent review, requested by the DoH, and published in May 2006, containing 32 key recommendations on the commissioning process. Specialised services are those services where the planning population is greater than a million; they range from bone marrow and kidney transplants to secure forensic mental health services.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay
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