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OOHs, snips and mutuals. It's funny what you hear at a PBC do

I’ve been out! It was all I could do to resist the urge to spread my arms open wide and shout ‘freedom’ as I speed-walked towards the lift.

I've been out! It was all I could do to resist the urge to spread my arms open wide and shout ‘freedom' as I speed-walked towards the lift.

The world of PBC is not exactly alive with big dos you see.

And it was to a very nice venue too. The Liberal Club on Whitehall was where the NHS Alliance had chosen to launch its new ‘manifesto' - In sickness and in health, achieving an integrated NHS.

As this is a blog, I will summarise the document into two sentences.

Patients are fed up with being sent from pillar to post in the NHS and having to explain their problem to several people and out of hours care is particularly disjointed.

The NHS should become a seamless service with clinicians making the phonecalls/sending the emails to each other rather than the (sometimes very old or even ill) patients. Key to this will be the Integrated Care Organisation with a new professional called the community specialist consultant.

Oh and practices should take back responsibility for OOHs. So that's why there was a BBC reporter here.

But like all press dos the best bits are what you hear over coffee.

One PCT chief exec told me one GP is ‘snipping like anything' with his newly commissioned vasectomy service.

‘I'm surprised anyone's having babies in my PCT anymore, he's doing so many' he quipped.

A consultant gave me his card and kept telling me he'll be in touch to write about the ‘mutuals model' he's working on. The PCT chief exec seemed to know what he was talking about but I was too embarrassed to ask what a mutuals model actually was.

Sounds like some sort of bank savings account to me – or a dating service.

Susan McNulty, Practical Commissioning editor

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