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Patricia Hewitt has tried to ease GPs' fears that their views will not be heard in the new, larger, primary care organisations.
The Health Secretary said GPs' and other clinicians' role in new PCTs will be ‘crucial'.
She told a New Health Network conference in London this week that the need for clinical engagement was ‘even greater' as a result of the current restructuring, which could see the number of PCTs halved.
Ms Hewitt suggested existing professional executive committee members ‘support and mentor' practices as they take on practice-based commissioning.
She said: ‘I will be writing this week to all PEC chairs urging them not only to stay involved, but also to encourage their colleagues to do the same.'Ms Hewitt said this support would be especially important for singlehanded practices. She urged them to work together to ‘achieve the benefits of greater responsibility for budgets, without losing the intimacy of the small practice'.