County GPs among first to test new commissioner roles

PUBLISHED: 20:00 14 December 2010

The consortia will one day control most of the NHS budget

The consortia will one day control most of the NHS budget


SOMERSET’S GPs will be amongst the first the country to experiment in new roles as commissioners who will have more of a say on the NHS’s budget.

A consortium of the county’s GPs is one of four pathfinder groups in the South West selected to look into the new commissioning structure, which was laid out in a Government white paper in July.

The consortia are new bodies which the Government eventually hopes will take control of 80 per cent of the NHS budget.

NHS Somerset currently manages an annual budget of over £800million, and provides health services to more than 500,000 people.

Somerset GP Dr David Rooke, who is chairman of, an organisation which works with the NHS on commissioning, said: “We are delighted that Somerset had been selected as a pathfinder for GP commissioning.

“GPs understand the needs of their patients and welcome the opportunity to test the new commissioning arrangements. Here in Somerset there are many GPs who are enthusiastic and ready to take on the new challenges commissioning presents.”

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