Meeting with Devon LMC ( Local Medical Committee)
This was a meeting with doctors from across Devon to discuss the proposed changes in the Health and Social Care Bill. Devon has yet to finalise the shape of the groups of practices that will form into commissioning consortia. In Torbay, GPs have been commissioning care for some time as a nationally recognised pilot of 'integrated care', but they have done so with support from the PCT.
Devon is fortunate to have many committed clinicians who are keen to design services for their patients, my concern is about those parts of the country where this enthusiasm is not in place or where PCTs are no longer able to focus on helping them to become established.