Health minister Andrew Lansley said the varying shapes and sizes of the groups piloting GP commissioning showed there had been a 'truly bottom-up response' to his reforms. A full list of the pathfinders is available here.
A number of consortia from the second wave have now merged, meaning the total number of pathfinder consortia is now 177, according to the DoH.
This map shows the updated list of GP pathfinder consortia.
The first 52 pathfinder consortia were announced by Mr Lansley in December, with the aim of evaluating GP commissioning 'throughout its implementation.'
But last week Dr James Kingsland, the DoH's national clinical network lead, admitted little information had been fed back about the programme so far.