Crisis in practice based commissioning: NAPC holds emergency summit.

National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is extremely concerned at the intelligence it is receiving from its regions about PCTs reducing the level of engagement in commissioning to a process of performance management alone.

In an era of economic crisis, this transactional approach is doomed to failure. We need radical and challenging transformational change occurring at a local level now if we are to survive the imminent economic tsunami.

NAPC calls on all PCTs to learn rather than repeat the lessons from past failures.

It is no longer acceptable to increase patient waiting times or reduce the level of service, leading to poorer health outcomes.

Dr. Johnny Marshall, NAPC chairman, said, “Transformational change begins at home. PCTs need to join with clinical leaders on the ground to effect the necessary change in supporting them as transformational change agents.”

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