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Primary care tsar backs PBC

National primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thomé has insisted that he continues to support Practice Based Commissioning – just days after describing the troubled initiative as a ‘corpse not for resuscitation'.

Speaking at the NHS Alliance conference in Manchester, Dr Colin-Thomé said: ‘Of course I don't think the darn thing's dead.'

His remarks at a conference in London earlier this month had been misinterpreted, he claimed but he added: ‘I'm certainly disappointed with the impact PBC is having.'

Health minister Mike O'Brien also moved to defend the under-fire initiative in his keynote address to delegates, insisting ‘reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.'

He said: ‘It's certainly true that it's not taken off everywhere and we need to change that. But as David also said in his speech, where it has taken off results have been truly impressive.'

Primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome Primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome

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