30. July 2012 15:00
Doctors have indicated a wish to be consulted during the essential development stages of clinical commissioning groups, a new survey has found.
The Family Doctor Association survey revealed how GPs wish for further interaction during the development of commissioning groups and called for dialogue with these emerging groups.
Dr Peter Swinyard, Chairman of the Association, said the message was clear to CCGs that they must talk with member practices and “listen to them”.
The survey questioned 100 doctors. It found that more than half felt they were able to influence decision making at their nearest CCG. However, 13% of respondents said they were unable to do so and felt disempowered by the reforms.
The survey also found that doctors had a wish to avoid the reinvention of PCTs with the “same faces and policies” following the reforms in the Health and Social Care Act.