Our response to a question from a member of the public at the November meeting of the CCG’s Governing Body

Question:

The Independent Review was commissioned by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ACS Oversight and Assurance Group (OAG). The work will be signed off by the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (JCCCG) and any relavent CCG’s, before being put to the OAG. Any proposals for future changes will be taken forward by commissioners who retain the responsibility for making final decisions on commissioning and lead proposals on service changes.

Can you please explain:

How can any of the above bodies can make all these decisions when I have no evidence that they are legal? In particular what legal authority does the commissioners have who ‘retain the the responsibility for making final decisions on commissioning and lead proposals on service changes’? What responsibility?

Answer

Dr David Crichton, Chair of NHS Doncaster CCG, said: “Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, responsibility for considering the outcome proposals of the Hospital Services Review currently remains with the individual commissioning organisations, which are the local clinical commissioning groups.

“CCG Governing Bodies may agree to delegate this responsibility to the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioners Group,  as was the case with the hyper acute stroke unit and children’s anaesthetic and surgery decisions.”

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