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PBCs champion quits DH

GP organisations say they have lost a ‘very strong advocate’ for practice-based commissioning from the Department of Health hierarchy.

GP organisations say they have lost a ‘very strong advocate' for practice-based commissioning from the Department of Health hierarchy.

Department commissioning director Duncan Selbie left last month to take up an acute trust chief executive post.

Dr James Kingsland, chair of the National Association of Primary Care, said: ‘I think he's a big loss. He was somebody who made a conscious effort to refocus his time on developing the policies that link into primary care, particularly practice-based commissioning.'

NHS Alliance chair Dr Michael Dixon added: ‘He was a very strong advocate of primary care and PBC and it's disappointing to see him go. One fears there might not be such a high profile for commissioning and PBC following him.'

Mr Selbie's post is being replaced with a new role of director of commissioning and systems management, to oversee how commissioners and providers interact.

Dr Kingsland called for the department to appoint someone with a primary care background in commissioning and providing, who understood the NHS reform agenda.

‘The last thing we need at the moment is a new direction of travel,' he said.

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