GPs need more clinical governance support from PCTs

GPs believe PCTs are failing to support practices to improve clinical governance mechanisms, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) shows.

The report, ‘Improving quality and safety — progress in implementing clinical governance in primary care’, says ‘clinical governance links between PCTs and independent contractors are undeveloped’.

GPs reported ‘limited support’ from PCTs in helping

them to set up clinical governance procedures.

A Medix UK survey on behalf of the NAO found that GPs

see the main barriers to improving clinical governance as a

lack of protected time and funding to support new initiatives. The NAO report says clinical governance structures and processes in GP practices and pharmacies are ‘not as extensive’ as they are at PCT level.  

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