NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was due to make a decision on the consultation ‘Providing primary care services to the patients of Fairstead’ at a meeting of its Primary Care Commissioning Committee on November 29.
This week, following the announcement of a General Election due to be held on December 12, we enter a period of time known as the pre-election period or ‘purdah’. This is in place to ensure the activities of public bodies do not have an influence on the outcome of elections.
During purdah there are certain restrictions put in place on the activities of public bodies such as NHS organisations.
There should be:
· No new decisions or announcements of policy or strategy
· No decisions on large and/or contentious procurement contracts
· No participation by NHS representatives in debates and events that may be politically controversial, whether at national or local level.
Therefore, in line with government guidance, the CCGs of Norfolk and Waveney cannot make a decision on any consultation until after the period of purdah has ended.
The next meeting of West Norfolk CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee will take place on January 31, 2020. As usual, this meeting will be held in public and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the beginning. The consultation will now be considered at this meeting.