RCGP chair says it will cost £300m for GP time on consortiums

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 02 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1396
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

It will cost an estimated £300m (€353m; $490m) for GPs to move out of the consulting room and carry out work for the proposed commissioning consortiums, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners told MPs.

Clare Gerada told the public accounts committee on 1 March that she expected 3-5% of GPs to be actively involved in commissioning consortiums. She said that a back of the envelope calculation shows that this will cost around £300m in GP time that they are away from their patients.

Dr Gerada told the committee hearing evidence on the health landscape review: “GPs are more expensive than managers and …

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