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SHCA raises concerns about NHS England's generic commissioning policy proposals


NHS England is currently consulting on proposed changes to a suite of generic commissioning policies. These include the provisions for dealing with individual patient funding requests, and how national commissioning policies are developed outside the annual commissioning cycle.

The Specialised Healthcare Alliance has campaigned for the review of these policies for several years and, while welcoming the belated consultation, is concerned at the proposed approach. This risks seeing impractically high barriers established for individual patient funding applications, and omits consideration of clinically critically urgent cases.

The Alliance’s consultation response can be read in full here: SHCA response to NHS England generic policies consultation