FINANCE: Up to £1.5m is to be invested in improving services in GP practices in Bedfordshire.
The practices that benefit will be ones which achieve a range of indicators, including some involving alternatives to hospital. A proportion of the money saved by fewer hospital admissions will be invested in GP services, while the rest will go on other local health services.
The scheme is being introduced by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Chair Paul Hassan said: “The NHS in Bedfordshire spends around half of its budget on hospital services, but less than 10 per cent in GP practices. This picture hasn’t changed over time. If we are to deliver more and better care closer to home, there has to be planned investment in primary medical services.
“This scheme will invest in GP practices that think and work innovatively to offer safe, high quality alternatives to hospital care when a patient’s needs are less acute.”