Does any­one know what the Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group is?

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I won­der what per­cent­age of read­ers know what a CCG is. A Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group. Any the wiser? Un­der the terms of the Tory-Lib Dem in­spired Health And So­cial Care Act of 2010, such groups were set up to buy in ser­vices for the NHS and to de­cide how shrink­ing bud­gets should be spent, and - sig­nif­i­cantly - how ser­vices might be ra­tioned or even de­nied al­to­gether.

In many ar­eas the lo­cal CCG has ra­tioned or de­nied ac­cess to, for ex­am­ple, po­di­a­try and IVF. GPs are of­ten in­volved with CCGs and mem­bers of the pub­lic can be con­sulted - if they have the time - but there is mount­ing ev­i­dence that di­rec­tors and share­hold­ers of pri­vate com­pa­nies which win NHS con­tracts are also in­volved, sig­nalling a clear con­flict of in­ter­est and whiff of cor­rup­tion.

Un­der the terms of said act, the Sec­re­tary of State For Health no longer has over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity for health and care pro­vi­sion, cre­at­ing the neat il­lu­sion that such de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers is “demo­cratic.” In re­al­ity, it is an ex­am­ple of the usual Tory cyn­i­cism and hypocrisy - so that if you have to wait longer and longer for elec­tive surgery - or have to pay for it, (Jeremy Hunt) can hold up his hands and say - “Noth­ing to do with me, guv, it’s “your” CCG!

Don’t like it? Your fault, for “not get­ting in­volved”. Equally se­ri­ously, due to the out­sourc­ing of ser­vices (pri­vati­sa­tion) to com­pa­nies like G4S, ex­tra ad­min­is­tra­tive costs have risen, via even con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mates, by £5 bil­lion. Many of these com­pa­nies evade tax, do­nate cash to the Tory Party and have Tory MPs on their ex­ec­u­tive boards.

This par­al­lels the en­demic cor­rup­tion in the “academi­sa­tion” of schools where the com­mis­sion­ing of train­ing ser­vices, for ex­am­ple, is ap­proved by gover­nors or even head teach­ers with links to train­ing com­pa­nies. What would you like to say in re­ply, Mr Tredin­nick? Or are you too busy look­ing at your horoscope? The scope of the Tory Party to cre­ate more hor­ror - stealth­ily - grows ex­po­nen­tially with the spread of po­lit­i­cal ig­no­rance and po­lit­i­cal il­lit­er­acy due to ap­a­thy and the in­flu­ence of the Tory Press. Wel­come to Rip-Off Bri­tain, Tory style.

John Payne

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