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Minister admits NHS commissioning is weak but claims it is improving

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 05 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c770
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The skills of some primary care trusts at commissioning services in the NHS are weak but are improving and have to develop because there is no alternative, MPs have been told.

    The health minister Mike O’Brien, giving evidence on 4 February to the parliamentary health select committee, admitted that commissioning by primary care trusts was generally weak, which had led the government to launch its “world class commissioning” drive to improve standards.

    MPs on the committee asked the minister as part of their inquiry into commissioning why performance in this area was still weak after several years.

    Mr O’Brien said: “We’d be the first to say that world class commissioning …

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