Practice based commissioning lacks adequate information and support

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:907
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    Primary care trusts still fail to give GPs the information and support they need to be effective practice based commissioners, according to a health policy analyst.

    “If practice based commissioning exists,” Richard Lewis, director of Ernst and Young, told a conference in London, “it has been in spite of this lack of support and not because of it.”

    A recent poll of practice managers and GPs by the King's Fund and NHS Alliance showed that most rated the support they received from their primary care trusts as inadequate. Almost two thirds said that they were either …

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