All 34 commissioning groups were given the green light to take on the new responsibilities after the NHS CB approved individual policies, conducted site visits, interviewed group leaders and assessed work alongside stakeholders and patients.
Sir David Nicholson, the NHS Commissioning Board’s Chief Executive, said the creation of CCGs is a “great opportunity for the NHS that will have real benefits for patients”.
The NHS CB authorised eight CCGs in the first wave with no conditions after they met all of the 199 authorisation criteria. The remaining 26 CCGs were also authorised, despite needing to develop certain areas.
The authorisation means that more than 10 million people will now have hospital, community health and mental health service commissioned by local leaders.
“This is a step-change to a clinically-led NHS that is focused on delivering improved health outcomes, quality, innovation and public participation,” said Dame Barbara Hakin, the NHS Commissioning Board’s National Director: Commissioning Development.
“We expect this to bring real benefits to patients as these new organisations begin to realise their potential. Many CCGs have already begun to make a difference by taking early responsibility for planning services.”
CCGs will be responsible for up to £65 billion of the NHS Commissioning Board budget from 1 April 2013.
The remaining 177 CCGs will be authorised in three further waves, set to be announced in January, February and March 2013.