Struggling practices to be offered emergency support after Pulse campaign...
30 March 2015, Pulse
Neighbouring GP practices will be drafted in to provide emergency support to colleagues in the south of England who are struggling to keep afloat, under new NHS England plans seen by Pulse.
Wessex LMC chief executive Dr Nigel Watson said that the LMC was consulted and had itself looked at setting up a support system for practices in difficulty, but found it would be too complicated to run from the LMC.
Dr Watson said the network idea was ‘a good thing’. He added: ‘The idea for this has been floating around for some time to create something where you could go in and support and stabilise a practice while maybe it changes, or maybe it is able to recruit, rather than you end up with a practice just becoming unsustainable.’
This could mean temporary supporting a practice with its patient demand ‘or even going in temporarily and taking over the practice’, he said, and was an alternative to an approach of giving short-term financial support that may not help recruitment problems.
Dr Watson said there was an appetite from GPs to be part of the team. He said: ‘I spoke to some GPs who had recently retired for example who said they would be quite happy to be part of a team that went into a practice say for three months just to stabilise it.’
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