GPC opposes pooling practice funding with hospital or social care budgets...
1 April 2015, GP Online
Bids to pool core practice funding with hospital or social care budgets under integrated care pilots are a 'red line' that must not be crossed, the GPC has warned.
Wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson said the Hampshire vanguard pilot would not consider pooling GP funding ‘to start with’.
He was clear that practices themselves were driving the reforms, and no attempt would be made to force them to give up independent contractor status. But he argued that for many practices the current system was unsustainable.
Funding was already being leached out of practices, Dr Watson said, and pooled budgets may not make this worse. Creating high-level salaried GP consultant roles within an integrated care model could help free GPs from the administrative burden of running practices, and attract doctors back to the profession, he said.
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