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RCS response to updated plans for NHS reform

15 December 2010

Professor Norman Williams, RCS Council member, said: “The RCS welcomes the further clarity brought by today’s update of health service reforms from government. We are pleased to see the continued high priority being given to measuring the outcomes of treatment, surgeons have led the way on good clinical audit.

It is vital that all clinicians are given the opportunity to take an active role in the new commissioning process if it is to work effectively, so it is also good that today’s publication acknowledges the need for partnership working between GPs and hospital doctors. Commissioning specialist and complicated treatments will need input from specialist doctors and we look forward to finding more detail in the promised Health Bill. In particular, networked services covering large geographical areas, such as vascular or trauma services, risk having no one responsible for their maintenance. We will need some short-term arrangement to prevent these falling between the gap of the fledgling national commissioning board and the local consortia, as well as a long-term solution for how these services are maintained.”