PERFORMANCE: An independent investigation is underway into allegations raised by a whistleblower about a financially challenged London clinical commissioning group, HSJ has learned.

Barnet CCG commissioned a “comprehensive” probe by consultancy Verita in June, in response to concerns raised the previous month.

The CCG would not confirm the terms of reference for the investigation or give any detail about what it concerned. However, it confirmed no one had been suspended while the investigation was taking place.

A Barnet CCG spokeswoman said: “The CCG was made aware of some allegations by a whistleblower towards the middle of May 2015. NHS England was informed of these allegations and supported the CCG in commissioning an independent investigation.”

She added: “The investigation is currently ongoing and as such, the CCG is not in a position to divulge any further information until the investigation has been concluded.”

A spokeswoman for NHS England London confirmed it had been alerted “about the issues raised to the CCG on 3 June and we advised the CCG to commission an independent investigation”.

Barnet CCG ended 2014-15 with an £11m deficit. It is forecasting a £4m deficit for the current financial year.