Health Select Committee backs Alliance on specialised commissioning

The Health Select Committee’s report on commissioning has now been published and includes an important chapter on specialised services, providing important backing for the Alliance’s analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of current arrangements. In particular it:

  • Acknowledges significant improvements in specialised commissioning since the Carter Report of 2006;
  • Highlights the regulatory limbo occupied by SCGs and the threat posed to funding for specialised services as NHS funding is squeezed;
  • Recommends that the Department of Health undertake a review of the problems surrounding implementation of Carter, taking into account the Alliance’s proposal that regional Specialised Commissioning Groups should be re-located within Strategic Health Authorities and funded directly.