Health and care services will need support to deliver the long term plans aims for commissioning and system working

08 March 2019

Responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“We welcome the Public Accounts Committee report which highlights the rapid progress accomplished by trusts, CCGs and their partners towards working more collaboratively across local health and care systems.

We welcome the Public Account’s Committee report which highlights the rapid progress accomplished by trusts, CCGs and their partners towards working more collaboratively across local health and care systems.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“We also welcome plans to move to a strategic commissioning function in the NHS. However, the report is right to highlight that the NHS long term plan’s aspiration for integrated care systems (ICSs) to cover the country by 2021 is highly ambitious. As all systems will need support to develop the relationships needed for system working to progress, it also seems ambitious to expect CCGs to align with ICSs so rapidly.

“As the report highlights, the move to more joined up working across health and care has made governance in the NHS more complex. It is essential that we maintain clear lines of accountability for quality of care from trust boards to the public.”

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