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Tenfold rise in PBC services

The number of new services commissioned under PBC has increased more than 10-fold over the past two years, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The number of new services commissioned under PBC has increased more than 10-fold over the past two years, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Practical Commissioning's sister publication, Pulse, requested data on the number of projects spawned. In the 33 PCTs surveyed, some 394 PBC services were commissioned in 2008. This was up from 247 in 2007 and just 34 in 2006.

The most active areas among the 33 trusts in terms of services commissioned were Kirklees, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, South Birmingham and Heart of Birmingham.

Others are still struggling to get PBC off the ground. Brent PCT launched no PBC services between 2006 and 2008.

Dr Johnny Marshall, NAPC chair, gave a cautious response to the figures: ‘Some of our members are still concerned it is PCTs leading the process.'

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