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LMCs conference: PBC 'a costly failure'

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs at the annual LMC Conference carried a motion dismissing Practice Based Commissioning as ‘an expensive failure', but insisted that PCTs are to blame.

Delegates lamented PCTs for their ‘widespread lack of enthusiasm and support' for the flagging Government initiative.

The motion said PBC was ‘doomed to be an expensive failure' unless GPs are actually allowed to exercise choice in commissioning services.

Dr Shelagh McCormick, a GP in Callington, Cornwall, and a member of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LMC, who proposed the motion, said: ‘Things are being commissioned on our behalf with little or no consultation.

‘They are being imposed, and we're just asked to rubber stamp them.'

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