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Freed-up resources (FURs)

Practical Commissioning's Jargon Buster explains the meaning of the term 'Freed-up resources'.

This refers to the money saved by effective commissioning. It means the freeing up of resources for other uses, which can include patient services, premises development and management costs. This in turn will result in a wider range of services being available to patients.

There will be a written agreement between the PCT and the commissioner about the use of these resources and your professional executive committee (PEC) will be responsible for recommending approval.

Freed-up resources have been in the headlines this year as some PCTs have held on to FURs much to the anger of local GPs.