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GPs cut cost and waits with PBC

A practice-based commissioning consortium in Essex is proposing to slash up to a third off the cost of carpal tunnel services in its first year.

Dr Shane Gordon, chief executive of the Colchester practice-based commissioning group, said a new care pathway would be the first of a raft of changes to local services.

Dr Gordon, a GP in Tiptree, said: 'We are doing a pilot to work out the process around carpal tunnel care. I think we'll be able to save a third or a quarter and provide patients with a service where they have to wait two weeks instead of 18 weeks.'

He added the group's success, one of the few from PBC so far, had come about as a result of close co-operation between GPs, the North East Essex PCT and consultants.

The consortium now hopes to set up pathways for stroke, musculoskeletal care, DVT and mental health.

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