GPs are struggling to gauge health needs of local people

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1171
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Primary care trusts in England are failing to plan and purchase services that are appropriate to their local communities, says England’s healthcare watchdog.

    In its fourth annual report on the state of health services the Healthcare Commission says that overall the quality of NHS services has improved in the last year, with 46% of trusts rated as excellent or good in 2006-7, up from 40% in 2005-6. But primary care trusts performed the worst for the second year running, with around three quarters (74%) rated as fair or weak for the quality of services they provide and 80% for the way they used their resources.

    Anna Walker, chief executive of the commission, acknowledged that primary care trusts had been reorganised in the past year, but she was concerned that so many were “struggling” …

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