Councils could help new GP commissioning consortia with “back room” support

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6093
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The new GP commissioning consortia that will control much of the NHS budget from 2013 may get some help from local authorities for joint “back room” support, MPs have been told.

Some services such as administration and human resources could be provided jointly for more than one GP consortium as well as for councils, as one possible example of closer joint working between health bodies and local authorities.

MPs on the parliamentary health select committee were quizzing NHS and local government witnesses as part of their ongoing inquiry into public expenditure.

Focusing on the implications of the government’s comprehensive spending review and plans to tighten public spending, the MPs …

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