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Majority of GPs no more involved in commissioning

The majority of GPs feel no more involved in commissioning decisions than they did before the formation of CCGs, according to a survey which lays bare the professions’ concerns on the eve of the 1 April handover.

A snapshot survey of 303 GPs in England reveals the extent of GPs’ disengagement with clinical commissioning just days before the profession assumes responsibility for budgets. Some 55% of respondents said they did not have any more involvement now than they did under PCTs. Just 36% said they did feel more involved.

One in five GPs said they had not signed their CCG constitution, raising questions over the depth of GP engagement at CCGs. Of the 48 GPs who said they had not signed their constitution, most said they had not been asked to, while three said it had not been finalised or had only just been circulated in draft form.

Read more in Pulse.

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