Exclusive: GP warns practices that don't commission will be 'vulnerable'

GPs must get involved in practice-based commissioning (PBC) to secure their future in general practice, a leading GP has warned.

Dr Michael Dixon
Dr Michael Dixon

Professor Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance, warned that practices that continue to ignore PBC will be ‘vulnerable' in the future.

Lord Ara Darzi's review and the DoH's primary care strategy, both due in July, will deliver ‘a shot in the arm' for practice-based commissioners, said Professor Dixon.

 ‘You are more likely to have a future and improve your chances of expanding if you participate. Otherwise you will become an arms-reach provider and you will be less likely to have a future,' he said.

‘You will be more vulnerable in your current provider role,' Dr Dixon said.

‘I think that is the future of general practice - GPs' role will be as local leaders of services. It is a theological incentive - if you want to have a hold over local services and be a local leader.'

Dr David Jenner, primary care lead for the NHS Alliance, ruled out any new money or cash incentives for GPs in the imminent DoH proposals. ‘The incentives will be for PCTs. There will be more pressure to enthuse the 60 per cent of practices that are actually interested in PBC,' he said.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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