Moving up the agenda

A series of policy developments are combining to move specialised commissioning slowly but surely up the agenda, as summarised in the attached paper.

In a debate sponsored by Earl Howe on 11 th July, attention was drawn to the potential impact on specialised services of Payment by Results and Foundation Trusts and to the need for better risk sharing between PCTs . In his response, Lord Warner on behalf of the government undertook to look carefully at specialised commissioning in taking forward wider NHS reform.