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Nene CCG to pursue responsibility for primary care budgets despite GP vote

Why did NENE CCG GPs vote down primary care commissioning?

Nene Clinical Commissioning Group is to continue to pursue its aim of taking responsibility for its area’s primary care budget after GPs narrowly rejected the proposal.

Nene CCG’s governing body papers for January show the proposal to take on delegated commissioning status was rejected by a single vote, Health Service Journal editors have revealed. The CCG is one of a dwindling number that have not yet taken on the primary budget.

Nene CCG chief executive Carole Dehghani is shared with Corby CCG, which has taken on its primary care budgets. Nene also commissions jointly with Corby CCG.

A Nene CCG spokeswoman told HSJ that practices’ main reasons for voting against the proposal were concerns about potential financial risk and rent reviews. Board papers also reveal that GPs queried whether the CCG was capable of managing the delegated contracts.

NHS England set a target that the majority of CCGs should to assume responsibility for primary care budgets from 1 April 2017. The number of CCGs with full delegation powers as of April was 177, while a further 33 had were operating joint commissioning or greater involvement.

Further information

HSJGPs vote down CCG plan to take on primary care budgets

Website: Corby CCG

Website: Nene CCG