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Two in five practices have expressed an interest in commissioning

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:114
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Official figures show that GPs in England are still far from committed to the system of practice based commissioning that lets them decide which health services to buy for their patients.

    Less than half (41%) of general practices in England have signed up to practice based commissioning more than a year after it began, show figures released last week by the Department of Health.

    The government hailed the figures as promising, but the BMA has questioned them and said that signing up to the system was not the same as actually using it.

    Since April last year practices have …

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