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Hospital takes over three struggling GP surgeries

Does it count as a PACS if it’s an emergency? Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust will this week step into providing primary care, by taking over three local GP surgeries in “emergency caretaker” arrangement.

The trust will take responsibility for three of the five surgeries run by Holywell Medical Group, which has been facing financial pressures and recruitment difficulties, under what commissioners have described as “exceptional circumstances”. The other two surgeries are due to close tomorrow.  

The past year has seen an official endorsement of acute trusts running primary care under NHS England’s “primary and acute care system” label. This is an emergency arrangement in place until 31 March 2016, but why waste a good crisis?

Outcomes based target set for new NHS company

In what is being seen as a new high-water mark for the health service, a new NHS owned company responsible for the service’s largest “integrated care contract” to date will have to hit outcomes based targets to secure up to 15 per cent of its income.

UnitingCare Partnership was set up by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Cambridge University Hospitals foundation trusts after they won a tender last October to oversee a landmark £800m integrated older people’s service.

The company has agreed with its commissioner, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, that the proportion of income based on achieving specified outcomes would taper upwards over the course of the five year deal, chief executive Keith Spencer exclusively told HSJ.