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Multimillion-pound kickstart for PBC

Lord Ara Darzi and Department of Health officials are keen to see PBC gets a generous slice of the SHA innovation fund in a move that will improve morale among those involved in commissioning.

Lord Ara Darzi and Department of Health officials are keen to see PBC gets a generous slice of the SHA innovation fund in a move that will improve morale among those involved in commissioning.

Dr Mike Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, told Practical Commissioning: ‘I met Lord Darzi recently and he was very concerned that a good amount of the innovation fund should go into PBC service redesign.

‘I've been speaking to DH officials, too, who are equally concerned primary care should get a fair chance to bid for those funds and not be sidelined by bids coming from secondary care where the bids themselves have been heavily resourced. There should be a real level playing field.'

The exact value of the fund will be known before the start of the new financial year. The DH has set aside £550m to fund the commitments set out in the Next Stage Review, and a substantial amount of this is expected to go towards the SHA innovation fund.

The money would be of particular help for practice-based commissioners who do not yet have freed-up resources to fund new schemes.

Dr Dixon said the cash would be a ‘morale boost' for PBC.

Lord Ara Darzi - plans multimillion pound kickstart for PBC

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