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PCTs that fail to support GPs will be named and shamed

PCTs who fail to support practice-based commissioning are to be named and shamed after the Department of Health agreed to publish full results of a new regular survey of GPs.

PCTs who fail to support practice-based commissioning are to be named and shamed after the Department of Health agreed to publish full results of a new regular survey of GPs.

Results of the first of 13 quarterly surveys, published by the department in October, showed that 51% of GPs believed their PCT provides ‘poor' PBC managerial support. Those findings were a month late and presented on only a national basis. PCTs received findings broken down to their area but were allowed to choose whetherhey shared these locally.

Results of the next quarter's survey – due to be published imminently – will include the individual PCT breakdowns.

NHS Alliance chair Dr Michael Dixon,a member of the department's PBC implementation board that approved the change in reporting,said: ‘At our recent PEC chair conference,only a third of PEC chairs said they had seen their PCT's results o nthis survey. Now,the results will come out very quickly,and they will be completely in the public domain. This should be a spur for those PCTs that clearly aren't ahead of the game.'

Dr James Kingsland, chair of the National Association of Primary Care and a fellow member of the implementation board, added:‘We need short, sharp shock treatment now. Sometimes league tables and naming and shaming to promote change can be helpful.'

The first survey was answered by 1,198 practices. Ipsos MORI is undertaking the surveys for the Department of Health over the next three years.

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