A new National Commissioning Board
has been set up to promote best practice in commissioning and procurement for health, care and wellbeing throughout Wales.
WHEN THE Government announced the replacement of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) by a National Commissioning Board
for the whole of England, the optical sector welcomed the move.
Clinical Commissioning Groups, through which GPs commission secondary care, and the National Commissioning Board
which will commission both primary care, essentially provided by GPs, but also healthcare within prisons should equally engage with this issue.
The bill also removes responsibility for health provision from the Secretary of State for Health, moves public health out of the NHS and into local government and creates a whole raft of new, costly and complicated NHS bureaucracy such as the National Commissioning Board
, Monitor and local HealthWatch organisations.
Dr Charles Alessi and Dr Michael Dixon said they were concerned that new GP-led clinical commissioning groups will find themselves under the control of a National Commissioning Board
, in place of the primary care trusts and strategic health authorities which are being abolished to grant frontline workers more autonomy.
This was done with a view to achieving a smoother transition of responsibilities to the CCGs and the new overarching commissioning body, the National Commissioning Board
* Richard Carswell, interim chief executive of the AOP, will present the latest information on what is in store for contractors and performers when the National Commissioning Board
takes over the GOS contract in 2013
The Government said it had listened to the concerns and made amendments, such as placing commissioning of maternity services with GPs instead of a National Commissioning Board
and allowing a "longer and more phased transition period" for some reforms.
On the supply side, ministers will back off from micro-managing the NHS and a national commissioning board
will take over.
* Richard Carswell, interim chief executive of the AOP, who will present the latest information on what's in store for GOS and the National Commissioning Board