News Archive

Archive of: December, 2007


  • Operating Framework 2008-09

    The Alliance is delighted that the Operating Framework for the year commencing April 2008 gives renewed impetus to implementation of the Carter recommendations, especially in relation to pooled budgets and designation of providers. The relevant extract states:

    Specialised services commissioning

    3.11 As a result of the Carter Review, the 10 Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) were created to drive up the quality of specialised services, and prevent wasteful or even unsafe duplication of services. For that reason, we expect SCGs to create pooled budgets and to commission the majority of specialised services on their patch this year, extending this to all specialised services in 2009/10. This year, at least half of specialised services commissioned on each patch should be designated, in order to guarantee patient safety and ensure that scarce skills are used effectively. This must be done with a regard to published competition principles and rules.

    3.12 In commissioning for world-class health services, SCGs should pay particular attention to areas where significant increases in demand are likely to lead to pressure on services. For example, demand for renal replacement therapy (dialysis and transplantation) is projected to rise by around 5 per cent per year until at least 2030. SCGs will wish to consider options for expanding the provision of satellite dialysis centres and offering more people the option of home dialysis, as well as expanding traditional acute dialysis units.