MPs query value of GP-led centres

Doctors' leaders have welcomed a report from MPs which argues that GP-led health centres could waste millions of taxpayers' money.

The Health Select Committee's report on last summer's Darzi review warned that not every PCT would benefit from a new centre.

In contrast to many of Lord Darzi's other proposals, the DoH failed to pilot the centres. In London, five pilots are on the way, but no-one has been hired to evaluate them.

This could 'waste taxpayers' money and be grossly inefficient', the report warns.

RCGP president Professor Steve Field said: 'Investment should be targeted at the needs of patients and is best carried out in consultation with local people and local GPs.'

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