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First GP commissioning pathfinders announced

By News team

The first GP groups responsible for commissioning health services have been announced today (8 December 2010) by health secretary Andrew Lansley.

As part of the Government’s plans set out in the White Paper “Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS”, 52 groups of GP practices will be the first to take on commissioning responsibilities.

The “GP pathfinders” will work together to manage their local budgets and commission services for patients direct with other NHS providers and local authorities, the Department of Health has said.

The pathfinders will now begin testing the new commissioning arrangements to ensure they are working well before GP consortia take on statutory responsibilities from April 2013.

GP pathfinders will be supported by the National Clinical Commissioning Network, the National Leadership Council, and by national primary care bodies, such as the Royal College of GP’s Centre for Commissioning.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11050942

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