Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 24 October

NHS Leaders set out vision for healthcare in England (NHS England)

NHS England has published its NHS Five Year Forward View, which states that the NHS is at a crossroads and in the next 5 years NHS leaders need to outline a vision for the service. The report recommends four areas where action needs to be taken beginning with an upgrade of preventative health, allowing patients more control of their care, better integration of care and more investment in new models of care.

Expert calls for “coherent plan” to prevent disintegration of British general practice (BMJ)

The British Medical Journal has warned that a disintegration of British general practice can only be prevented by a coherent plan for workforce development and more funding. The article refers back to the 1950 Collings Report as a wakeup call for the sector, and notes that 2 reviews this year have shown that once again GPs find themselves under significant pressure.

Ed Miliband commits Labour to a one-week cancer test guarantee funded by new levy on tobacco firms (Labour)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged that a Labour Government will introduce one-week cancer tests and results by 2020. This makes up part of Labour’s £2.5bn NHS Time to Care Fund, which includes the use of risk-assessment tools for cancer diagnosis in GP surgeries, an additional 8,000 GPs by 2020, improving awareness of cancer symptoms and greater encouragement to visit a GP when there are symptoms.

GPs to be given £55 for every diagnosis of dementia (Alzheimers Society)

New plans by NHS England propose to give GPs £55 for every patient they diagnose with dementia, which is part of a £5 million funding boost for general practice. The incentive is optional for GPs and payments will be based on increases on the dementia register in March 2015 compared to September 2014.

Evidence into action: protecting and improving the nation’s health (PHE)

Public Health England has published its 7 priorities for the nation’s health over the next 5 years, outlining where it is most effective to focus its efforts. From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health details the 7 priorities, which are obesity, reducing smoking, reducing harmful drinking, providing the best start in life for every child, dementia, antimicrobial resistance and reducing TB.

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