NHS clinical commissioning is already in a critical condition | Kailash Chand

It could work, but poor implementation, GP disengagement and cuts threaten to smother this health service restructuringFollowing the passage of a deeply divisive health bill, we are now in the middle of the authorisation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the bodies that have been given the tricky task of making clinical commissioning a reality. Up […]
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Letters: Doctors’ chance to shape the NHS

Congratulations to Allyson Pollock for her relentless campaign against the destruction of the NHS by the government (The toxic world of globalised healthcare, 28 August). Many people do not realise what an extraordinary service it was. Not only did it offer unlimited care to everyone without charging more to those who used it most, which […]
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GPs’ shares in private healthcare firms prompt conflict of interest fears

Doctors’ leaders warn situation could diminish patient trust and lead to more NHS services being run by private operatorsGPs preparing to take charge of £60bn of NHS funds have been found to have shareholdings in private healthcare firms, prompting alarm about family doctors profiting from direct conflicts of interest.Fresh research shows that in 22 of […]
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NHS reform leaves some GPs ‘too busy’ to see patients

Family doctors ‘too busy’ setting up clinical commissioning groups, while locum surgeons costing almost £1m a yearGP commissioning: the full data from False EconomySenior GPs are spending as little as one day a week seeing patients because they are too busy setting up new organisations as part of the coalition’s health reforms, official NHS records […]
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