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Surgeons’ advice will be essential for GP consortiums to succeed, warns royal college

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 06 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5540
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Advice from specialists such as surgeons will be crucial for the new commissioning consortiums to succeed once the reforms of the NHS in England are fully adopted, it has been claimed.

On 4 October the Royal College of Surgeons of England published its consultation response to the government’s white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, which sets out reforms creating powerful commissioning groups of GPs, overseen by an NHS commissioning board.

The college said that the reforms would work only if partnerships between primary care and hospital clinicians were strong.

In its response to the white paper the college broadly welcomed much of the government’s proposals, saying, “It is essential that the proposed GP consortia and the independent NHS commissioning board have access to timely and relevant clinical information and expertise to ensure that decisions are based on the best available evidence.”

It was worried, however, that skills in …

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