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Signs of PBC green shoots?

PBC is showing green shoots of improvement following attempts to reinvigorate the flagship initiative, the DH’s primary care tsar has claimed.

PBC is showing green shoots of improvement following attempts to reinvigorate the flagship initiative, the DH's primary care tsar has claimed.

Speaking at the NHS Alliance spring conference in London, Dr David Colin-Thome said: ‘There are signs PCTs are seeing it as an integral part of their service rather than "another damn thing to do".'

Dr Colin-Thome also admitted the Government could have done more in the past to emphasise the importance of practice-based commissioning.

‘It may be that it was our fault as well from the PBC end. It takes two to tango.'

But Dr David Jenner, PBC lead of the NHS Alliance, warned that any recovery now may be too little too late, and that many GPs had given up on PBC.

‘I am most worried about [PBC] at the moment. There are definitely a few spots of brilliance, but we are still struggling with information, effective management, and most GPs have lost interest.'

Dr Jenner said it was only ‘the same old faces' showing enthusiasm, and said external pressures such as increased regulation and the Government's competition drive were exacerbating the problem, leaving GPs with little choice but to focus squarely on their day job.

Dr David Colin-Thome: signs of PBC green shoots Dr David Colin-Thome: signs of PBC green shoots

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