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GPs can turn around PCTs

GPs are key players in helping the most debt-ridden primary care trusts save money, an accountant from the firm providing 'turnaround teams' to the NHS claims.

Paul Brice, a partner at

KPMG, said that if GPs felt they were part of the solution, PCTs' chances of delivering successful savings were 'significantly enhanced'.

Mr Brice's comments came in a presentation on achieving financial stability at the Primary Care Management 2006 and General Practice Management 2006 conference in Telford last week.

Mr Brice said GPs 'will often come up with the answers' to PCTs' problems.

He advocated PCTs set up 'war rooms' so managers could focus their minds on the job of getting back on budget.

Turnaround teams were sent into 18 NHS trusts, including nine 'old' PCTs.

Rachel Williams, also of

KPMG, said the teams at were focusing on removing avoidable admissions, improving coding accuracy and provider arm productivity.

They were also trying to get more patients treated in the community and ensuring that workforces were 'the right size'.

GPs in Selby and York, one of the areas with a turnaround team, have attacked cuts in their region, including a 20 per cent reduction in referrals.

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