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The GPC's decision 'not to commend' the directed enhanced service for practice-based commissioning leaves GPs more confused than ever.

The GPC's decision 'not to commend' the directed enhanced service for practice-based commissioning leaves GPs more confused than ever.


We can't commend the DES we negotiated and agreed, it is saying, because there's not enough money to make it worthwhile. Nevertheless, we do want you to do practice-based commissioning ­ because if you don't, general practice, and your livelihood, could be under threat.

So make a token effort but don't really bother too much.

Practice-based commissioning has been a botch from the start. The Government has botched a good idea by not giving GPs enough money for management costs and then trying to deny them the ability to benefit financially.

Now the GPC has botched its chance to give GPs a lead. If the DES was not good enough, why agree it?

GP involvement in practice-based commissioning has to be all or nothing. A half-hearted approach will be more trouble than it's worth.

Proud of you

In launching our Proud of Our Practice campaign, we want to showcase the absolutely crucial role you and your staff play in the communities you serve, and to champion the fantastic work you are doing for your patients. We also want to demonstrate positively why the core values of general practice are so vital to quality patient care and the success of the NHS and why they must not be eroded.

So please, tell us what makes you proud of your practice.

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