Management fee for GP consortia unknown, says Lansley

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted GP consortia's 'management allowance' will not be known until well after the consultation process ends.

In a webchat with the RCN’s chief executive Dr Peter Carter, Mr Lansley said the figure would only be known once GP consortia’s function is clarified.

‘We don’t know what management resources will look like. We don’t know yet what PCTs have done that don’t need to be done anymore [by GP consortia],’ he said.

GP revealed earlier in the month that SHA executives had been told consortia would receive between £9-10 per patient to cover running costs.

Mr Lansley has pledged to reduce management costs by 45% by 2013/14.

In his webchat, the health secretary said he has seen ‘more enthusiasm than expected’ from GPs since the publication of his White Paper.

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