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CCGs will hold NHS CB hosted CSUs to account


20 August 2012

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Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be responsible for holding NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) hosted Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) to account on delivering on their contractual obligations, it has been claimed.

The confirmation came after Dr Amit Bhargava, Accountable Officer at Crawley CCG, voiced concern over the lack of clarity over the nature of the NHS CB’s relationship with its hosted CSUs.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be responsible for holding NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) hosted Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) to account on delivering on their contractual obligations, it has been claimed.

The confirmation came after Dr Amit Bhargava, Accountable Officer at Crawley CCG, voiced concern over the lack of clarity over the nature of the NHS CB’s relationship with its hosted CSUs.

“We need to be clear about how distant the NHS CB plans to be from the CSUs,” he said.

“We need to find local clinical based solutions for the problems we have but we need to understand right from the beginning what the risks are and the level of grip that will be administered from the centre.

“It will mean more problems along the road if it is not clarified now how holds NHS CB hosted CSUs to account now.”

In response to Dr Bhargava’s concerns, a spokesperson from the NHS CB said CCGs will be responsible for holding NHS CB hosted CSUs to account over delivering on their promises as laid out in their service level agreements – or contracts.

However, the NHS CB will be responsible for the governance and statutory framework of the CSUs until March 2016.

The spokesperson also confirmed more guidance on this area is expected during Autumn 2012. 

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