GP consortia must move carefully during Health Bill pause

Shadow GP consortia should move slowly and carefully forward as a result of the government's listening exercise, the GPC has said.

Dr Buckman: 'It might be better for them if they don't do anything they have to get back out of later'
Dr Buckman: 'It might be better for them if they don't do anything they have to get back out of later'

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said consortia should not enter into any commercial arrangements or involve themselves with 'external agencies'.

'Shadow consortia should not do anything that a [later] change in the law might make [them] unworkable,' he said.

'Shadow consortia at this stage should be moving carefully and quite slowly forward. There is no pressure to do anything quickly. It might be better for them if they don't do anything they have to get back out of later.'

Meanwhile Dr Buckman said the listening exercise was likely to be a result of 'political arithmetic' and recognition that the Bill would have had a difficult time in the House of Lords. He suggested that the Bill should be broken into separate strands as there are parts the BMA supports.

He added: 'the pause provides an opportunity for the government to reflect on the opposition from politicians, NHS workers and the public.'

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