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11 March 2011 | Angeline Albert
Dozens of GP consortia have enlisted the support of consultancy McKinsey to help them with their added responsibilities of commissioning, budget holding and governance.
The company is supporting a number of consortia across England by advising GPs on how to spend NHS cash well. It will also provide advice on the Department of Health's ‘Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention' efficiency programme, which aims to achieve up to £20 billion savings by 2015.
A spokesperson for McKinsey confirmed it was supporting “more than two dozen” consortia on commissioning and “working intensively” with them. The company is also hoping to set up a ‘national learning network’ for these consortia to provide a checklist of best practice, covering commissioning and other areas.
Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, published last July, gives details of how the purchasing of healthcare will devolve from Whitehall to GPs, who will be responsible for an annual budget of £80 billion.The plans were detailed in the Health and Social Care bill presented to parliament earlier this year,
Consortia of GP practices will commission most NHS services for their patients, the white paper policy document said, and manage the combined commissioning budgets of their member GP practices. GP consortia are expected to hold contracts with care providers from 2013.