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Select Committee looks at current and future role of CCGs

By January 7, 2019National News

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are NHS bodies that plan and commission health services for their local area from providers such as hospitals, clinics and community health bodies. There are now 195 CCGs in England; they were established in 2012 to help health services be more responsive to patients’ needs by tailoring services to local areas.

However, many are failing to function effectively: NHS England’s annual assessment for 2017-18 showed that out of the 207 CCGs in England, although half were rated as “outstanding” or “good”, 87 “required improvement” or were “inadequate” and 24 were deemed to be failing or at risk of failing.

A recent National Audit Office report found that an increasing number of CCGs are overspending against their total budget plan. In 2017/18, 75 of 207 CCGs spent more than planned, with a total overspend of £213 million across all CCGs – compared to 57 in 2016/17 and 56 in 2015/16.

The structure of CCGs is evolving: there were eight mergers between 2013 and 2018, most CCGs now share accounting officers and some are establishing joint commissioning arrangements with their local authority. The NAO report suggests that this trend is expected to continue, leading to fewer CCGs covering larger populations.

For more information go to the Parliament website

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