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PBC cuts into clinical time

Around seven out of every 10 GPs have spent unpaid time away from clinical sessions to carry out practice-based commissioning, finds a Pulse survey.

Nearly three-quarters of GPs have also confirmed that their PCT has not agreed any extra incentives for their practice or PBC consortium beyond the original Towards PBC directed enhanced service.

The findings, from a survey of 97 GPs, come a week after Pulse warned that a lack of incentives was threatening to destroy GP engagement in PBC.

The NHS Alliance and National Association of Primary Care said the results tallied with anecdotal evidence from their own members.

Dr Ian Rutter, a GP in Bradford and adviser to the Department of Health on GP issues, said: 'You find with any new initiative that GPs will want to make time for it when it is in their patients' interest.'

Full results of the survey can be found in the new magazine Practical Commissioning, launched today by Pulse, which aims to help GPs make the most of PBC.

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