Dozens of GPs have resigned from their new commissioning roles less than six months after the Tory-led shake-up of the health service, according to the Daily Mirror.
The doctors were given control of two-thirds of the annual £100 billion budget in one of the biggest ever NHS reforms.
But many since April have found they cannot cope with the extra bureaucracy involved with commissioning work while also looking after patients.
Reforms meant the 151 primary care trusts were replaced by 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups, intended to be led by GPs. But alarming new figures, obtained by Pulse magazine, show one in three CCGs has seen a GP board member resign. Separate figures from 186 CCGs across England, uncovered by GP magazine, reveal 51 GP board members have quit since April. It means more CCGs are now made up of non-medical people. Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said: “This is a reflection not only of the workload and pressures involved in CCG work but also of practice workload increasing dramatically.
“It is also a sign that GPs are getting fed up with the controlling nature of some area teams and NHS England and the continuing dysfunction of the new fragmented healthcare system.” In at least four areas, – Hull, Lewisham, Luton and Wyre Forest – the chair of the CCG has resigned.
NHS England yesterday insisted some turnover was normal in developing organisations, adding: “It is for each GP to determine the extent to which they engage in running a CCG.”