Buckman demands GP commissioning detail from Lansley

The government should provide more detail on how GPs will be expected to take on commissioning, according to the GPC.

Dr Buckman: GP commissioning role ‘intriguing opportunity
Dr Buckman: GP commissioning role ‘intriguing opportunity

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said it was an ‘intriguing opportunity’ for the profession to engage with a government that says it wants GPs to take on a much more prominent role in commissioning care.

Addressing delegates at the BMA’s Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) in Brighton on Wednesday, he said: ‘This is very welcome, but GPs need to know a lot more detail, and I imagine that hospital colleagues are wondering what will happen to their unit if commissioner GPs have greater influence.’

Dr Buckman added that the government must ensure that the drive to make efficiency savings does not ‘adversely affect patient care’.

He said: ‘It is up to us to help shape Andrew Lansley’s idea into thinking that will work for patients and doctors, whilst remaining safe and cost-effective, and that will not destabilise the NHS.

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