PBC progress ‘very encouraging' despite PCT mergers

The DoH has reported that PCTs and practices are continuing to make real progress in adopting PBC, with no indication that the run-up to the recent PCT mergers has slowed uptake.

Figures from the NHS for September have shown that eight out of ten PCTs have plans for universal coverage. This is an increase of 13 per cent on the previous month and is in line with DoH targets.

This progress means that only one in five PCTs need to put plans in place to meet the DoH’s target of universal coverage by the end of this year.

Health Minister Lord Warner said: ‘The latest figures are a very encouraging indication that, by the end of 2006, we will have achieved universal coverage of practice-based commissioning. PCTs and practices should be congratulated for keeping their eye on the ball. These figures show the appetite of GPs for practice based commissioning as a means of service improvement. The progress in great news for NHS patients as it will lead to higher quality services provided in more convenient locations.’

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