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Publication date:  26 Aug 2009


PBC declining, gently

Practice based commissioning (PBC) activity has fallen since the Department of Health launched its guidance for the scheme in March. “Clinical commissioning: our vision for practice-based commissioning” hoped to rejuvenate the policy, but the seventh of the Department of Health’s quarterly surveys, conducted between April and June, showed a decline in the number of practices submitting plans (down 2% to 62%) and receiving budgets (down 2% to 67%).

“BMA represents salaried GPs”

Dr Laurence Buckman and Dr Vicky Weeks of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee have written an open letter to Pulse magazine assuring salaried general practitioners that they are well represented by the association. The letter follows reports that some salaried general practitioners are considering alternative representation due to a perceived bias towards general practitioner partners over salaried colleagues.

Specialist cancer teams for A&E

Every accident and emergency department should include a specialist cancer team, according to a group of government advisers. The National Chemotherapy Advisory Group made the recommendation following a report that found many hospitals were not equipped to deal with severe treatment complications. Last year the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death looked at 557 cancer patients who had died within 30 days of having chemotherapy. Government cancer tsar Mike Richards said the plans would improve “safety and quality” of care.

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