DoH figures show PBC slips into reverse

Practice-based commissioning (PBC) appears to have gone in to reverse with fewer PBC groups receiving budgets and agreeing commissioning plans.

The DoH has published the results of its PBC Group and Independent Leads Survey: Wave 2 Results (March 2009).

It compares the results with a similar survey covering the period August 2007 - September 2009. The DoH cautions that the results are not comparable.

The new report finds 80% of PBC groups have received PBC budgets from their PCTs as opposed to 84% in the previous survey.

It also finds that 76% of PBC groups have agreed a commissioning plan with their PCTs, as opposed to 80% previously.

The latest report says: ‘Less positively, there has been a small decrease in the proportion of leads receiving a PBC budget from their PCT and agreeing a commissioning plan with their PCT. The next wave will reveal whether or not this is a trend.'


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