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GP commissioning pilots

The Department of Health commissioned an evaluation of 40 GP commissioning pilots, which were launched in April 1998 to test new approaches to primary care-led commissioning.

Pilot groups were expected to involve the public, nurses and social services and took responsibility for actual cash budgets. In addition, they took on other commissioning responsibilities, such as notional budgets for hospital and community services.


Smith J, Regen E, Shapiro J, Baines D.
National evaluation of general practitioner commissioning pilots: lessons for primary care groups.
British Journal of General Practice.
2000; 50: 469–472.