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The costs of computing for primary care groups

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1265

Inequity persists between former fundholders and non-fundholders

  1. Andrew Willis (, General practitioner (and former chair, National Association of Commissioning GPs)
  1. Northampton NN3 3DA

    From next April about £38bn of public money will come under the direct influence of primary care groups. If these new organisations are to succeed in taking over much of the planning of local services there are inevitable resource implications in terms of people, time, and information systems. So far, however, ministers have offered remarkably little public recognition of the resource requirements, particularly with regard to the period up to next April. This is in sharp contrast to the endeavour put in at the beginning of fundholding, when a national specification for software was developed and extra money released to reimburse fundholders for computing and personnel costs.

    All practices will be included in primary care groups, and much of the information required to …

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