Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 27 February

Planning for the Better Care Fund (PAC)

The Public Accounts Committee criticised the Better Care Fund, claiming that the Fund had switched from supporting adult social care to protecting NHS resources. The report recommended that hospital departments publish annual scorecards to highlight how the Fund was supporting integration, the maintenance of adult social care and the reduction of emergency admissions.

NHS England sets out proposals for more efficient and responsive access to medicines for patients (NHS England)

NHS England has launched four consultations on proposals to allow radiographers, paramedics, dieticians and orthoptists to prescribe or supply and administer medicines. The proposals would to allow patients whose lead clinicians are allied health professionals, to receive their medication promptly without having to make a separate appointment with their GP.

NHS policy (UKIP)

UKIP’s Health Spokesperson, Louise Bours, launched the party’s health policy, which committed to invest £3 billion into frontline NHS services. To meet the rising demand for primary care, she pledged that UKIP would provide 8,000 more GPs, encourage female GPs who left the profession before the age of 40 to return to work and ensure GPs surgeries remained open one night a week and one weekend a month.

NHS England and Greater Manchester announce shared plan for £6billion health and social care funding (NHS England)

NHS England and Greater Manchester announced plans to bring together health and social care budgets in the region. The Memorandum of Understanding would give local people control of health and social care services in Greater Manchester, which amounts to budget of £6 billion. The Memorandum has been approved and countersigned by the Chancellor and the Department of Health, and the plan will come into force from April 2016.

Changes to the Indicative Sanctions Guidance – proposals to be taken forward (GMC)

The findings from a General Medical Council consultation on its guidance for fitness to practice, highlighted that there was strong support for proposals to deal with doctors who put patients at risk of harm. The consultation found significant backing for striking off a doctor who had displayed predatory behaviour, and 79 per cent agreed that the stage of a doctor’s career should play a deciding role on the disciplinary action.  

PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia (Downing Street)

The Prime Minister outlined the next phase of the challenge on dementia, explaining how the government aims to be the top in dementia care and research by 2020. In order to achieve these aims the ‘Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020’ document outlined plans for a new global fund on dementia, training of all NHS staff in dementia and greater investment in post-diagnosis support.


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