PCT reforms damage GP links to social care

Poor relationships with GPs and recent PCT restructuring are putting up significant barriers to social work.

A report from the Commission for Social Care Inspection said that over 25 per cent of councils ‘referred to PCT restructuring and financial pressures within the NHS, or difficulties in establishing an effective collaborative relationship with GPs', as barriers to the delivery of ‘their vision for 2006/7'.The report cites the situation as particularly problematic as ‘evidence from councils suggests a strong working relationship between social services and GP surgeries can improve the chances of effective referrals for assessment and services'.

Andrew Cozens, strategic adviser on children, adult and health services for the government's Improvement and Development Agency, said short term problems might improve with more joint PCTs and councils. (GP, 13 October 2006)

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