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GPs should have greater role in commissioning hospital services

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1396
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    The British government should encourage GPs to take responsibility for commissioning hospital services on behalf of their patients, says the King's Fund charity.

    The report, published this week, examined the implications of implementing a strategy whereby GPs and other primary care staff are given greater scope to shape services in their locality—a policy known as practice led commissioning.

    This policy would harness the talents of clinicians in managing and planning health services, something that has not happened in primary care trusts, where there are only small groups of doctors …

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