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PBC figures shows some signs of progress

By Gareth Iacobucci

PCTs are showing signs of improvement in their support for practice based commissioning, according to new Government figures.

For first time since the quarterly survey begun, more GPs rated PCTs managerial support as good (49%) rather than poor (41%).

Elsewhere, 91% reported that they were now part of a PBC group, up from 83% in wave 4 – while 73% of GPs reported receiving indicative budgets - up from 59% in wave 4.

The figures also showed that three quarters of GPs (74%) have now received a financial incentive from their PCT to set up PBC schemes, up from 66% in wave 4.

However, despite improvements in some areas, overall support for PBC dropped slightly to 62%, down from 64% in the previous survey.

NHS Alliance Practice Based Federation Lead Dr David Jenner said: ‘Although we have a long way to go yet, strong support from GPs shows we are heading in the right direction.

‘We need consistent policy and support from primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to ensure that PBC continues to deliver positive changes and improvements to patient care.

Dr Jenner added: ‘Even if there has been a bit of scepticism regarding PBC in the past, the conditions for it to succeed are now in place, especially with world-class commissioning.'

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