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Slow decision making by trusts impedes progress in practice based commissioning

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3545 (Published 01 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3545
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Primary care trusts are still too slow to make decisions on proposals made by doctor led practice based commissioning groups, despite improved cooperation between them, a survey has shown.

    Figures from the survey published by the Department of Health show that only 29% of people leading commissioning groups rated the speed of trusts’ decisions on proposals they put forward as being good, and more than one quarter considered that the quality of feedback was poor.

    The BMA has described the statistics as “lamentable” and “disappointing” given that practice based commissioning has been in place since 2005.

    The Practice based commissioning—group and independent leads survey: wave 3 results were based on 483 responses from lead individuals in commissioning …

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