Practice Based Commissioning

Summary: Practice-based commissioning (PBC) has been a major strand of NHS policy since 2005. There continues to be a high level of commitment to the policy among GPs, but many still remain hesitant about its impact to date and unsure if its potential will be fulfilled. In 2007, The King's Fund and NHS Alliance conducted a straw poll, which found that there was a long way to go in terms of putting the basics of budgets, data provision and support in place for PBC. At that point, more than 70 per cent of respondents felt that PBC had not improved the quality of patient care (Lewis et al 2007). Now, two years on, how is PBC working? Has PBC moved forward and is it making a difference to patient care?.

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