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Workload undermines PCNs, finds survey

PCNs (primary care networks) could make a positive difference if given resources, time and practical support – but workload has proven unmanageable for a significant proportion, a BMA survey has revealed.

Doctors leaders said it is likely that early optimism has been “seriously impacted” by concerns around the draft PCN service specifications, released by NHS England just before Christmas. In the survey the BMA asked clinicians about their experience of being involved in the creation of PCNs, the recruitment of a new workforce, the delivery of new services and also their views on the future. The report found that 63% of respondents said they were confident in providing strategic and clinical leadership to their network.