Consortia budgets may not be finalised until 2013

GPs have warned consortia will be stuck in limbo until the DoH confirms their statutory duties and funding, as a DoH adviser warned their income may not be finalised until 2013.

Dame Barbara: funding formula to ‘move gently’ from system used for PCTs
Dame Barbara: funding formula to ‘move gently’ from system used for PCTs

Delegates at an NHS Alliance White Paper event in London last week said plans for their consortia’s size and structure had stalled because they have no idea what their budgets and responsibilities will be.

But the funding formula for GP consortia may not be confirmed until 2013, Dr James Kingsland, National Association of Primary Care president and DoH national clinical lead for practice-based commissioning, told GP newspaper.

Funding for consortia was thrown into further doubt last week after DoH director of commissioning development Dame Barbara Hakin told the White Paper event that the funding formula would ‘move gently’ from the system used for PCTs.

Consortia will also have a cap on the proportion of their budget that can be spent on management under DoH plans to cut NHS management costs by 45%, she said.

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