Half of clinical commissioning groups have no conditions at all on their authorisation, the NHS Commissioning Board has said, days before they take control.
The board - now known as NHS England - said 106 of the 211 groups were now “fully authorised”, following planned reviews of CCGs’ conditions.
The other 105 still have conditions attached to their authorisation. That means in some cases CCGs’ decisions will have to be signed off or approved by NHS England.
Conditions are placed on CCGs if they do not meet in full the 119 authorisation criteria.
Dame Barbara Hakin, national director for commissioning development at NHS England, said: “I am delighted that more than three quarters of CCGs will begin work with either full authorisation, or with only a small number of conditions. Local clinicians are enthusiastic about the opportunity to shape healthcare on behalf of their local communities, and that enthusiasm has shone through during the authorisation process.
“As we have always anticipated, CCGs are at differing levels of maturity, so some do need intensive support, while others are already well advanced. NHS England is fully committed to providing collaborative help and support for all CCGs.”