The Government is planning some bold changes to the structure of the NHS –by way of their proposed Health and Social Care Bill.
Health and Social Care Bill 2011
One of the key propositions is to hand GPs control of commissioning and budgeting. Each GP practice will join a commissioning consortium. It is not currently known how many consortia there will be but it is likely to be at least a few hundred. The idea is that by directly involving GPs in commissioning, decisions for where money is spent will be moved a step closer towards patients.