Councillors want to commission health

    The Local Government Association is calling for councils to be
    given health commissioning powers.

    A draft manifesto, discussed this week by the LGA executive,
    says councils should assume control of services, including health,
    from other agencies to improve quality and efficiency.

    The LGA support for transferring health commissioning will
    inform the debate on the forthcoming white paper on health and
    social care.

    The Liberal Democrats have long championed the idea as a way to
    improve joint working between social services and health and
    increasing democratic accountability in the NHS.

    But it has been rejected by the government as expensive and
    unnecessary, and ministers have instead championed the devolution
    of commissioning powers from primary care trusts to GPs.


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