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Bradshaw vows to step up support for PBC

By Gareth Iacobucci

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw has admitted that the Government has failed to generate the ‘political drive' needed to make practice based commissioning work.

But at an NHS Alliance event aimed at giving a new injection of ideas to the struggling initiative, the Department of Health pledged to ramp up its support for PBC.

Mr Bradshaw told the event, which saw the launch of the NHS Alliance PBC Report - highlighting examples of where commissioning was succeeding - that it ‘hasn't been given the political drive that it deserves'.

The event was the first time Mr Bradshaw has talked publicly on PBC and the health minister used his speech to praise examples of successful PBC and deliver a thinly veiled attack on PCTs, which many PBC enthusiasts blame for its problems.

Mr Bradshaw said: ‘These examples should be used as a template; I hope they are read widely at PCT level.'

Health minister Ben Bradshaw also delivered a thinly-veiled attack on PCTs for failing to support PBC Health minister Ben Bradshaw also delivered a thinly-veiled attack on PCTs for failing to support PBC

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