GP consortia must not be distracted by Health Bill pause

GP commissioning pathfinders should continue their pace of development and must not be distracted by the pause in the Health Bill, the NHS Alliance has said.

Dr Michael Dixon: There will not be ‘significant changes’ to the government’s plans for GP commissioning
Dr Michael Dixon: There will not be ‘significant changes’ to the government’s plans for GP commissioning

It comes as the NHS Alliance launched its own listening exercise to ensure GPs have a full say in the changes to the Health Bill.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon said there will not be any ‘significant changes’ to the government’s plans for GP commissioning.

He said: ‘We are encouraging all GP consortia, especially pathfinders, to continue their pace of development and to not be distracted by the current hiatus in the passage of the Bill.’

Meanwhile the NHS Alliance said its listening exercise ‘Listen Up’ will ensure GPs have a prominent voice in the changes to the Health Bill.   

He said: ‘It is undeniable that we need to listen to all professionals involved in making clinically-led commissioning happen, including nurses, allied professionals and consultants.

‘But, to be meaningful, this listening exercise needs to be led by frontline commissioners. It is about time that commissioners’ voices are truly heard. That is what the NHS Alliance listening exercise will do.’

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