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GP practices offer to run care homes and discharge services as NHS England's general practice overhaul begins...

10 February 2015, Pulse

GP practices across the country have seized the opportunity to apply for £200m of new funding from NHS England, with radical plans to expand into running care homes, day centres and hospitals.

In Wessex, LMC chair Dr Nigel Watson is a partner at one of seven GP practices that are teaming up with a small community hospital to set up an extended service to some 70,000 patients, including the frail elderly, mental health, and older people’s mental health.

Dr Watson said: ‘Working with the voluntary sector and the local authority [will] also make general practice more sustainable in the long term, to produce a better career structure for young GPs, retain older GPs, and make better use of people’s skills – but [also] maintaining the strength of the registered list and general practice as it sits today.’

He added: ‘There is lots of interest in developing this and seeing as a way forward potentially to get new resources to help outside hospital care. I know of at least five other bids in Wessex that are being talked about.’

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