‘Under the CCGs current guidelines regarding how the group manages conflicts of interests, Prof Chester should have left the meeting when they began debating the topic, and should not have voted. Vanessa Lodge, the CCG’s board nurse member told The Surrey Comet, “We are not clear yet about our policy on conflicts of interest. We have not got that in place yet.” She added that the policy must come first so the board can make sure it acts “for the right reasons”. The board was told that clarification will come in the next two weeks.’
– You’ve lost me. Should have left the meeting, the implication being he didn’t. Should not have voted, the implication being he did. So why not certain about ‘policy on conflicts of interest’? Damn well should be before starting to hand out massive slices of the commissioning pie!