The NHS Confederation has published a paper on Managing conflicts of interest in clinical commissioning groups.
The paper “is intended to prompt further debate of this issue, to encourage colleagues to respond with their ideas and suggestions on how conflicts of interest can best be managed by CCGs, and to highlight to policy makers some of the outstanding questions that still need to be answered.”
The paper makes the following key points:
• Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will need clear and robust mechanisms for managing real and perceived conflicts of interest.
• If they are not managed effectively, confidence in the probity of commissioning decisions and the integrity of the clinicians involved could be seriously undermined, but with good planning and governance CCGs should be able to avoid these risks.
• This paper highlights existing standards and policies that
describe how conflicts of interest should be managed, sets out draft principles CCGs might adopt when developing local policies, and identifies some outstanding policy questions requiring further debate.
Download the NHS Confederation paper Managing conflicts of interest in clinical commissioning groups here.