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New GP consortiums should cover 500 000 patients, says RCGP

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5069 (Published 15 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5069
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    The new GP commissioning groups (consortiums) that will take charge of most NHS money in England by 2013 should cover at least 500 000 patients each, the Royal College of General Practitioners has urged.

    In a paper published on 14 September the college says that 500 000 patients in each consortium is more appropriate than the 100 000 that the government proposed in its recent health white paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.

    In Update on Commissioning Activity the college outlines its priorities and goals and considers ways to support its GP members in delivering the proposals made in the white paper, which is currently out for consultation.

    In its update …

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