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PBC allows for closer collaboration

Dr David Colin-Thome

Dr David Colin-Thome

Practice-based commissioning (PBC) is the key to enabling GPs to expand the breadth and scope of primary care, according to a new report from the Department of Health's primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome.

PBC will also make it more attractive for consultants and their teams to work outside of hospitals and more closely with GPs, he believes.

Dr Colin-Thome, who also works as a GP in Runcorn, Cheshire, cites the Epsom Day Surgery company run by GP Dr Tim Richardson, where GPs refer patients to consultants who are literally down the corridor to carry out X-rays, diagnostic investigations or cataract and hernia operations.

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