COMMISSIONING: A clinical commissioning group has admitted its system for ensuring there was no conflict of interest in the commissioning of primary care services must be improved, HSJ can reveal.

Barnet CCG in north London ordered an investigation last March into the awarding of contracts for the work.

The investigation, conducted by independent consultancy firm Verita, began after a whistleblower raised concerns with the group and HSJ.

Barnet CCG has refused to release the report but told HSJ last week that it had “made a number of key recommendations aimed at strengthening the CCG’s governance process and systems”.

It added: “All of these have been accepted by the governing body and an implementation plan has been developed to take these recommendations forward.”

The CCG said it had to “take an approach which ensures the confidentiality of everyone involved, especially that of the whistleblower, and allow the matters raised to be thoroughly and impartially investigated”.

Barnet CCG chair Debbie Frost said: “The CCG welcomes this report and will continue the work that has already started to adopt the recommendations for improvements to process and systems.”