Primary care commissioners need five year budgets to transform care, says reportBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5662 (Published 22 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5662
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 1The BMJ
Commissioners in primary care need greater freedom and a reformed NHS payment system to improve care of patients, their representative body has said in a new report.
NHS Clinical Commissioners, which represents 86% of England’s clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), said that primary care needed flexibility to plan for the next five years—not for one year at a time, as at present—with funding in five year cycles.1
National short term priorities, such as winter pressure and targets on the time from referral to treatment, introduced to get “a grip …