RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 31 October
Better care plans to help elderly and reduce hospital visits (DoH)
The Department of Health has announced the introduction of better care plans to help provide dignity for the elderly and reduce the number of hospital admission. The plans will be funded by the £5.3 billion Better Care Fund, and will encourage collaboration between GPs, community nurses, and care workers to provide better care in the community.
GPs to bid for share of £100m ‘access’ fund (NHS England)
NHS England has announced that GPs are now eligible to bid for a share of 100 million in the second round of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. The fund aims to improve and extend healthcare services to patients and priority will be given to GPs who are opening for longer, for example at weekends or 8 till 8 during the week.
UK medical schools need to produce more GPs, warns BMA (BMA)
The British Medical Association has called for urgent action to resolve the shortfall of GPs entering the workforce. As the British Medical Journal publishes a report highlighting the need for medical schools to recruit more GPs, Deputy Chair of the BMA’s GP committee Dr Richard Vautrey calls for medical schools to play a central role in addressing the shortage of GPs the NHS faces.
NHS England rejects one in four requests to shrink GP catchment areas (Pulse)
Pulse has discovered, via a Freedom of Information Act request, that NHS England has rejected a quarter of requests from GPs to shrink their catchment area in 2013/14. Since April this year 26 practices have requested a reduction in size, compared to 30 in 2013/14.