Over a third of GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) around the country have been approved to jointly commission GP services with NHS England, it has been announced.
This follows the announcement last week of the first CCGs approved to take on greater delegated responsibility for GP services and means that from 1 April more than 70% of CCGs (a total of 150 to date) will take on greater commissioning responsibility for GP services.
Dr Amanda Doyle, Primary Care Co-Commissioning Programme Oversight Group co-chair and chief clinical officer for NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “Co-commissioning is a key enabler in developing seamless, integrated out-of-hospital services based around the needs of local populations.
“It gives greater commissioning power to local areas and will help drive the development of new integrated models of care such as multispecialty community providers and primary and acute care systems.”
The 87 CCGs have been approved for joint commissioning subject to constitutional amendments and the signing of terms of reference by the 31 March 2015.