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Trusts' lack of support threatens practice based commissioning

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1079
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    GPs and practice managers in England are struggling to implement practice based commissioning, a survey shows, because of problems getting support and information from their primary care trusts.

    More than half of the respondents to the survey (53%) say that because of such difficulties they are failing to reap any benefits from commissioning for their patients, the very reason that the government introduced the policy in 2004.

    The survey, carried out jointly by the healthcare think tank the King's Fund and the NHS Alliance, comprised an emailed questionnaire sent to 600 members of practice based commissioning …

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