A further 43 GP consortia have been announced as commissioning pathfinders by health secretary Andrew Lansley, taking the total up to 220. It means that the whole of the south-west region is now covered by pathfinders.
This means that 45.7 million people around the country will be served by GP commissioning pathfinders.
The average size across all of the new 43 consortia is around 230,154. The largest pathfinder is Liverpool GP Commissioning Consortia, covering a population of 446,613. The smallest is Greater Eston in the north east, which covers a population of just 40,856.
Most of the latest wave of pathfinders are located in London, including consortia is Islington, Harringey, Harrow and Tower Hamlets.
Mr Lansley said the uptake of the programme is ‘very encouraging' and will deliver benefits to patients. 'We welcome the new groups, which take the total number of GP pathfinders to 220,' he said.
'It is not only great news for patients but the entire NHS as doctors step forward to modernise services.'