This is a crucial time in the history of the health service. A new system has been brought in, intending to encourage more choice for patients, more involvement of patient and the public in health services, more competition on the basis of quality and a further developed focus on commissioning services based on the needs of local areas.

General Practitioner (GP) led Clinical Commissioning Groups have taken over the commissioning of the majority of health services. As part of these changes there will also be a new, single commissioner of the primary care that GPs provide - NHS England.

This report from the National Children's Bureau looks at the evidence on children’s experience of using GP services and explores the real and wider potential impact on children’s health outcomes when these services are not performing as well as they could be.

Read the report in full at http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/972611/130603_ncb_opening_the_door_gp_finalweb1.pdf