Health department selects GPs to test drive commissioning reforms

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7171
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Nearly 2000 of the 8230 general practices in England will begin trying out the government’s reformed commissioning system, the Department of Health has announced.

Fifty two GP consortiums—covering 1860 practices and nearly 13 million patients—have been chosen to test the government’s plans, two years ahead of all consortiums taking on statutory commissioning responsibilities in April 2013.

The groups, or pathfinders, will begin testing the new arrangements from January 2011 and will be joined by other consortiums over the next two years.

David Rooke, chairman of a consortium of 76 practices in Somerset, Wyvern Health, said he was pleased that his group had been selected as a pathfinder. …

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