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Practice based commissioning plagued by poor data

The number of GPs commissioning services under practice based commissioning has risen but practices are still being plagued by lack of reliable data, according to a report out today.

The third wave of a rolling Department of Health survey into take up of the Government's flagship strategy , shows an 8% increase in the number of practices commissioning new services through PBC since last year when it was launched.

The study shows 41% of GPs have commissioned new services through PBC.

However, around four out of ten practices say the quality, format and frequency of information is 'very poor' or 'fairly poor', showing no change since last year.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon said: ‘Despite small but significant improvements in the numbers of Practices who are commissioning new services and those who have agreed a commissioning plan with their primary care trust, PBC cannot properly get off the ground until commissioners have access to accurate, meaningful, real-time information. That is absolutely basic.

‘Practice based commissioning is effectively being sabotaged by this fundamental problem. Whatever the difficulty is, firm action must now be taken to put it right.'

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