PCT reforms 'are threatening GP commissioning'

MPs have warned that moves to develop practice-based commissioning could grind to a halt because of lack of information.

The disruption caused by the PCT reform plans led to some GPs back-pedalling on commissioning plans because they are concerned about the proposals' effect on their PCT.

Last week, the House of Commons' health select committee report said organisations would take about 18 months to recover from reconfiguration.

It added that this would have a significant effect on their ability to commission and provide community health services.

The report says: 'It is disingenuous of the government to argue that these changes are being driven from the grassroots of the NHS, when NHS managers have been told that the solutions that would best meet the needs of their local populations will not be adopted because they will not produce sufficient cost savings.'


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