Practices lack PBC budgets

A third of practices still do not have an indicative practice-based commissioning (PBC) budget and more than half are critical of PCT support surrounding the initiative, according to a survey.

The survey, carried out by IPSOS MORI on behalf of the DoH, has found support among GPs for PBC, with 57 per cent backing the initiative compared with 8 per cent strongly opposed. But while fewer than three quarters of GPs said they had a good relationship with their PCT, more than half said that management support and flow of information to practices was poor.

The survey also found what the NHS Alliance called 'a worrying gap' between PCT and practice opinion about PBC.

While a third of practices said they still do not have an indicative PBC budget, information from PCTs said almost all practices had been given a budget.

More than 1,000 practices took part.

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