HSJ’s roundup of Monday’s key stories
- Today’s must know: CCGs show little appetite to use freedoms to shake off QOF
- Today’s talking point: Capita primary care support contract deemed “wrong on so many levels”
- Today’s inspiration: FT encourages staff to join credit union
CCGs choose not to use power to ditch QOF
There is little appetite among clinical commissioning groups to move their member practices off the national GP pay for performance framework, HSJ has found.
CCGs that took control of their primary care budgets in April under delegated commissioning arrangements are permitted to replace the national quality and outcomes framework with a “locally designed incentive scheme”. However, so far these GP controlled organisations have overwhelmingly chosen not to do so. Out of 59 groups with delegated authority that responded to HSJ’s request for information, only three have plans to introduce a local scheme in 2016-17.
They don’t seem to share Jeremy Hunt’s apparent dislike for QOF. Last week the health secretary said it had “too often ended up as a tick-box exercise”.
Capita wins 10 year primary care support contract
Capita was announced on Monday morning as the preferred bidder for a national contract to provide back office support services for primary care.
Supported by subcontractor Anglian Community Enterprise – a social enterprise providing community services in north east Essex – the outsourcing giant is set to take on the £400m, 10 year contract.
The union Unison was quick out of the traps in opposing the decision to outsource the services, which include management of medical records, prescription payments and administrative and financial support to primary care professionals.
General secretary Dave Prentis said the deal was “wrong on so many levels” and claimed it could have “irreversible” consequences for people’s health if confidential medical records are mishandled.
FT encourages staff to join credit union
Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust is urging all its staff to join a credit union.
The initiative allows all 3,200 employees to join one of five community based banks through a payroll deduction service. It came about after local trade unions members used them to get out of financial difficulty.
Lynn Booth, head of staff partnership at the trust, said credit unions “encourage sensible saving and in turn promote and protect the mental health of our staff by reducing stress and anxiety caused by debt and other types of loans”.