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Practical commissioning: your questions answered about influencing clinical commissioning

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Q The Health and Social Care Act has passed. What are the next steps for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)?

A Shadow CCGs must progress through authorisation at speed. Most are expected to be authorised as statutory bodies, ready to take on a full commissioning role by 1 April 2013.

First, CCGs must make ensure all local GP organisations are signed up to the CCG constitution and that this constitution fits national guidance. Second, all CCGs must agree a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with an Authorised Commissioning Support Organisation (CSO).

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