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Blair in pledge to unblock commissioning

Tony Blair has promised to examine the way that PCT financial targets are scuppering GPs' practice-based commissioning plans.

The Prime Minister was put under pressure by GPs after speaking at a New Health Network conference in London this week.

Mr Blair said: 'Financial balance should not stop the service redesign if the redesign is valid. It would not be sensible and we need to look at the detail of that.'

He said PBC ranked first of the reforms alongside Payment by Results, patient choice and more use of the private sector ­ despite not being introduced in that order.

Dr Paul Cundy, a GP in

south-west London who asked Mr Blair what his proposals were to give PBC 'teeth',

told Pulse: 'The important

thing is that he has got the

message.

He needs to stop PCTs stonewalling the aspirations of general practice.'

Mr Blair insisted the cash

crisis in the NHS was simply

the result of reforms exposing

historical problems through 'transparent accounting'. He added that doctors and NHS staff needed to 'see it through' to see the tangible results in 2008.

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