Final CCGs submit applications

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 The final ‘wave’ of clinical commissioning groups have submitted their applications for authorisation with the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB).

All 46 CCGs in wave 4 of the authorisation process submitted their applications to take on future clinical commissioning responsibilities, the Board confirmed.

Dame Barbara Hakin, National Director: Commissioning Development at the NHS Commissioning Board, said the receipt of applications for all four waves was a “real milestone”.

The NHS CB has now received 211 applications in total as CCGs move towards taking on their new commissioning responsibilities from April 2013 onwards.

The Commissioning Board is responsible for the development of CCGs and introduced the authorisation process to ensure groups are able to commission safely, use budgets responsibly and exercise their functions to improve quality, reduce inequalities and improve outcomes.

“In all four waves, every single CCG submitted its evidence on time and this reflects the hard work and dedication CCG leaders have shown throughout the authorisation process,” said Dame Barbara.