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PBC is alive and real budgets a 'maybe', says tsar

Primary care tsar, Dr David Colin-Thome has set the record straight about reports he called PBC a ‘corpse’.

Primary care tsar, Dr David Colin-Thome has set the record straight about reports he called PBC a ‘corpse'.

He told Practical Commissioning: ‘I asked a rhetorical question – I can't remember the exact words, but it was essentially, are we reinvigorating a corpse? I then went on to say that actually there is plenty of good practice which is hardly saying there's a corpse. And actually all the press reported that I was saying that there's good in parts. What I'm saying is we need to get those energetic (PBC groups) to have more influence and power and maybe (real) budgets and need to be even more ambitious about what we can do in re-shaping care.'

He added real budgets were ‘always part of our policy if people were confident enough. And that's a local decision.'

In his speech to the NHS Alliance conference this week, health minister, Mike O'Brien, said: ‘Some of you may have read David's reported description of practice- based commissioning as being like a 'corpse'..

Well, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.'

'It is certainly true that it has not taken off everywhere, and we need to change that, but, and as indeed David Colin-Thomé actually said in his speech, where it has the results have been truly impressive.'

Dr David Colin-Thome Dr David Colin-Thome

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