Compulsory commissioning for GPs splits profession

Around a fifth of LMC leaders believe almost all the GPs in their area want to take an active role in commissioning.

A snapshot survey of LMC representatives  reveals that a fifth (20%) believe between 75% and 100% of the GPs in their area wish to get involved.

But as with practice-based commissioning (PBC), interest in the scheme appears to be sporadic across England - with over a quarter of LMC representatives reporting less than a quarter of GPs in their area were interested.

With the delayed health White Paper expected to make some role in commissioning compulsory for GPs, senior NHS figures have expressed concern that many of the profession do not have the skills, time or desire to do it.  

Around 40% of LMC representatives believe the majority of their local GPs (over 50%) want to take part in the scheme.

The survey, of 50 representatives, was conducted at June’s LMC conference in London.

A fifth (19%) of those surveyed think that no GPs in their area will be prepared work in partnership with private firms to commission services.  

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