Up to 50 pathfinder consortia expected in GP commissioning first wave

Around 40 to 50 GP consortia will become pathfinders when the first wave of the programme goes live next year, a senior DoH official has said.

Dr Dixon: ‘Decisions are now going to have to be taken behind closed doors about whether to accept more than originally anticipated'
Dr Dixon: ‘Decisions are now going to have to be taken behind closed doors about whether to accept more than originally anticipated'

Further pathfinders will be introduced after the first wave at an average rate of around one per week, the official said.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon said the expectation is that there will be two to four pathfinders per SHA. But he said applications to the scheme had been ‘vastly in excess’ of that number.

Dr Dixon said: ‘Decisions are now going to have to be taken behind closed doors about whether to accept more than originally anticipated.

‘I think we are still looking at between 20 and 40 pathfinders. That’s the right number to put under the telescope’.

A DoH spokeswoman said the first wave of pathfinders would be identified and announced in December.

‘Other prospective pathfinders will be able to join the programme on a rolling basis after that,’ she said.

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