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PCTs ‘will fail’ without clinicians

PCTs that ignore clinicians in their decision-making will fail, according to the Department of Health’s acting director general of commissioning, Gary Belfield.

PCTs that ignore clinicians in their decision-making will fail, according to the Department of Health's acting director general of commissioning, Gary Belfield.

He told the recent NAPC conference: ‘For me, who holds the money at the moment? It's the PCT. Who is the strategic leader making the overall decisions? It's the PCT. But they can't do it on their own without local partners, crucially clinicians, be they practice-based commissioners or not.

‘PCTs that try to make strategic commissioning decisions involving the health outcomes of the population that don't involve clinicians are going to fail.'

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