Research Article

General practitioner fundholding: experience in Grampian.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 13 March 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:695
  1. I C Wisely
  1. Brimmond Medical Group, Bucksburn, Aberdeen.


    Proposals for fundholding were greeted with scepticism by many general practitioners, and in Scotland the BMA persuaded the government to allow a scheme to test the arrangements as a demonstration project operating "shadow" practice funds. This allowed the six selected practices to set up administrative and computer systems without the worry of dealing with real money. The shadow fundholding scheme has since been extended to small practices and to a trial of fundholding for all services except accident and emergency. The six practices in the original pilot have all become fundholders and are beginning to effect improvements in the service to their patients. However, with more practices becoming fundholders negotiating contracts with providers is becoming increasingly complicated and more time and money needs to be put into this aspect.