Several clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been moved between different waves of authorisation by the NHS Commissioning Board due to errors and time constraints.
Administrative issues saw NHS St Helens CCG and NHS Lincolnshire West CCG moved from the third wave of authorisation into the second.
NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG also confirmed it had swapped waves at the request of the Board to help “simplify a very large administrative task”, a spokesperson for the NHSCB said.
The Commissioning Board insists the errors in which authorisation wave the commissioning groups were in resulted in “minor changes”.
St Helens CCG said that despite the confusion its timetable “has not changed” and it remains confident of being authorised as part of the third wave.
“One nationally published document erroneously listed us as being in the second wave,” said a spokesperson for the CCG.
“As soon as we became aware of this we informed the NHSCB about the problem.”
A spokesperson for NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG revealed their move was made after a request by the NHSCB on grounds of convenience.
“We originally applied to be part of wave two of the authorisation process, however we were asked by the NHSCB if we could go in wave three,” said the spokesperson.
“This was due to the number of CCGs undergoing the process in wave two and because we share some joint management functions with our neighbouring CCG, NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, which is also due to be considered within wave three.
“We were happy with this approach and are confidently moving towards authorisation in the autumn.”
Meanwhile, NHS Trafford CCG has requested to move back to wave four in order for it to work on its authorisation.