NHS chief urges PCTs to 'interfere less' with PBC

PCTs should interfere less in practice-based commissioning (PBC), the NHS chief executive has warned.

David Nicholson Credit:Joel Chant/UNP

Speaking at this week’s National Association of Primary Care conference in Liverpool, David Nicholson said that some trusts still saw PBC as ‘something PCTs give GPs to do’.

But PBC is ‘not something extra to make GPs happy’, he said. Rather, it is the key to ‘driving the change from being a nationalised industry to a much more diverse system’.

‘We still need to shift the power relationship, by giving much more information and data to GPs,’ he added.

Mr Nicholson also said that the NHS should do more to performance-manage PCTs

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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