LMCs 'seriously concerned' by Transforming Community Services

GPs at the LMCs conference have expressed 'serious concerns' at the pace with which the Transforming Community Services guidance has led to vertical integration.

Conference delegates agreed that the pace at which PCTs had implemented the guidance will damage patient care, fragment primary care and marginalise general practice.

Speaking in favour of the motion at the London conference on Friday, Dr Sean Job of Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth LMCs said: ‘The pace of change is totally unrealistic.'

Dr Job warned that without due care and attention, the guidance may ‘raid primary care of resources, marginalise GPs and decimate practice'.

Dr Grace Dalley of Avon LMC said: ‘GPs should be at the heart of community services, not at the edge.'

Earlier this week the DoH said it would continue with the reforms despite health secretary Andrew Lansley calling an immediate halt to all other existing Labour plans.

A DoH spokeswoman confirmed that PCTs should ‘continue to develop proposals to separate themselves from their directly-provided community services.'

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