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Manifesto outlines the future of PBC

A way forward for PBC has been outlined in the first ever manifesto published by the NAPC.

A way forward for PBC has been outlined in the first ever manifesto published by the NAPC.

Launched at this year's NAPC annual conference, the document makes the case for greater independence for practices through the devolution of capitated budgets to individual practices. Community health collaboratives, made up of groups of practices, would work closely with patients and eventually social care to determine local services.

The CHCs would receive any freed-up resources in the form of a ‘health dividend' to spend locally.

The CHCs would also have a strong element of peer review of practice performance with foundation practice status available for those achieving a high level of quality.

NAPC chair Dr Johnny Marshall told the conference: ‘Effective delivery of this independence would require a new found interdependence in a number of areas.'

Health minister Mike O'Brien said he welcomed some of the manifesto ideas.

‘The idea of bringing practices together, particularly smaller practices, to aim to get them to build up their skills and competencies in managing their budgets is really interesting, with some moving on as they build up their skills and capability to become foundation practices.'

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