PCTs block practice-based commissioning schemes devised by GPs

PCTs are accepting only a minority of service redesigns proposed by practices, hindering the roll-out of new services under practice-based commissioning (PBC).

Dr David Jenner
Dr David Jenner

A survey, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the DoH, found that 32 per cent of practices who have submitted business plans for new services have had all of them rejected.

Fifty nine per cent have yet to commission any new services under PBC. These figures are largely unchanged from the last survey three months ago.

Dr David Jenner, PBC lead at the NHS Alliance, said he was unsurprised by the lack of progress, because of the impact of the PCT reorganisation of autumn 2006.

‘A lot of the new PCTs are still coming to terms with the PBC agenda,' he said.

But he added that he expected to see roll-out speed up by the second quarter of 2009.

The survey found that 59 percent of GPs are supportive of PBC as a policy. Ipsos MORI surveyed 1,400 practices last September.


Practice Based Commissioning GP practice survey

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