Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wrong, wrong, wrong

Not for the first time, I was wrong.

PBC isn't an arrangement to let patients buy services they want from a pot of money they're given by Government. It stands for "Practice Based Commissioning".

As the Lord Warner, ex-Minister of State for Health, helpfully explains on the DoH website:

"If there is an alternative that is better for the patient and better for the NHS, then practice based commissioning provides the basis on which they can change the way that services are delivered."

So, presumably, PCB can be seen as a 'lean, innovative tool to drill down and leverage more business, as smart, efficient operators in the mental health landscape' will certainly want to do.

Won't you? And if not, why not?

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