More than 40 per cent of GP practices have begun to adopt practice-based commissioning, according to government figures published today.

More than 40 per cent of GP practices have begun to adopt practice-based commissioning, according to government figures published today.

The figures, for May, show that 3,454 of the country's 8,433 practices have received some kind of incentive payment for introducing PBC, either as a direct enhanced service or through a local alternative.

But implementation is patchy across the country, with no practices so far moving to PBC in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, or Kent and Medway. Meanwhile, 79 per cent of practices in south-east London have made a start.