The NHS has released a document which details how it now has the power to “exercise functions” of Clinical Commissioning Groups.
In a directive released on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website, it stated: “The Secretary of State directed the board to exercise the following functions of CCGs in accordance with paragraph (2):
(a) functions under section 3 of the Act (duties of clinical commissioning groups as to commissioning certain health services);
(b) functions under section 3A of the Act (power of clinical commissioning groups to commission certain health services).
(2) The functions mentioned in paragraph (1) must be exercised by the Board during the period ending on 31st December 2020 —
(a) for the purposes of commissioning health services from independent providers, and
(b) as the Board deems appropriate, for the purposes of directly or indirectly supporting the provision of services by NHS bodies to address coronavirus and coronavirus disease.
(3) These Directions do not preclude the exercise of any function under section 3 or 3A of the Act by a clinical commissioning group.”
The directions will cease effect at the end of the year.