Most GPs 'ready to shape commissioning role'

Two thirds of GPs are interested in taking a leading role in GP commissioning, a survey has found.

A poll has shown GPs are ‘very interested’ in a leading role in the GP commissioning changes proposed by Mr Lansley
A poll has shown GPs are ‘very interested’ in a leading role in the GP commissioning changes proposed by Mr Lansley

A snapshot poll by the Family Doctor Association found that 17% of GPs were ‘very interested’ in a leading role. A further 46% were ‘somewhat interested’ in a role in the GP commissioning changes proposed by health secretary Andrew Lansley.

The poll also revealed most GPs were keen to support local leaders to develop commissioning – 43% were ‘very interested’ and a further 43% 'somewhat interested'.

Former FDA chairman Dr Michael Taylor said the results suggested there was widespread willingness among GPs to help shape the reforms set out in the White Paper Liberating the NHS.

‘The message to the DoH is don’t just focus on developing leadership but consider the best mechanism for harnessing the enthusiasm,’ he said.

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