Christopher Newdick: Legal duties around funding decisions


Published: 24/05/2011

In this interview with Sian Davies, Nuffield Trust Specialist Trainee in Public Health, Professor Christopher Newdick, Professor of Health Law at the University of Reading, outlines the key legal duties that GPs and other clinicians will have to take into account when making funding decisions.

Professor Newdick considers whether clinicians understand the scale of the task ahead regarding priority setting, and explains the conflict that exists between a clinicians’ Hippocratic duty to prescribe on the basis of need and their new role as commissioner which requires them to prioritise treatments to ensure resources last.

Professor Newdick presented at the Nuffield Trust one-day workshop: Making difficult choices: key issues in priority setting for GP commissioners, held in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), in May 2011.