Cowton, Christopher J. and Drake, Julie E. (1999) Went Fundholding, Going Commissioning? Some Evidence-Based Reflections on the Prospects for Primary Care Groups. Public Money and Management, 19 (2). pp. 33-37. ISSN 1467-9302

Following the publication of the White Paper, 'The New NHS: Modern, Dependable' (Cm 3807), the Labour Government has abolished GP fundholding. Family doctors retain a lead role for primary care in planning health care with the creation of Primary Care Groups (PCGs). In due course, it is expected that health authorities will relinquish direct commissioning of care to PCGs. Although fundholding is ending, its operation provides useful evidence about how GPs approach participation in the planning of health care. This article reflects on the prospects for PCGs, drawing on original research into the reasons why practices volunteered to 'go fundholding' and how those practices selected their 'lead' partner, on whom much of the fundholding burden fell

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