GPs must engage secondary care and public for commissioning success

Commissioning will only be successful if GPs fully engage secondary care and the public, the chairman of the BMA has said.

Dr Meldrum: ensuring GPs' views are represented in the consultation process
Dr Meldrum: ensuring GPs' views are represented in the consultation process

In a letter to GPs, BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum outlines that while the White Paper offers doctors an opportunity to ‘take more control over their working lives and the design of services for their patients’, they will only improve services if they work together in partnership.

He added: ‘Commissioning will also require high-quality management support and we fully expect that consortia will wish to engage with experienced NHS managers to work with them, both in developing their plans but also in the longer term.

Dr Meldrum also outlined that the BMA will ‘critically engage’ with the DoH’s consultation on details of the White Paper.

He said: ‘Government has clearly indicated its overall direction of travel and non-engagement in the consultation period would greatly increase the risk of bringing about the adverse outcomes that many of you fear.

‘The proposals will have a huge impact on you and your patients and it is through critical engagement that the BMA will be best able to ensure that the views of the profession are represented in the consultation process.’

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