NHS England’s embattled plans for primary care networks are too prescriptive and not responsive to local needs, the chief executive of one of the largest GP super-partnerships has told HSJ.
The British Medical Association’s GP committee rejected NHS England’s primary care network contract in a majority vote last night.
NHS England is planning to drop altogether two of the five services it wanted primary care networks to deliver in 2020-21, in response to outcry from GPs, HSJ has learned.
NHS England looks likely to row back quickly on its proposed requirements on GPs and primary care networks, after a deluge of strong opposition from GPs and others.
People with learning disabilities or autism will continue to suffer “serious side-effects” amid further delays to a national programme aimed at stopping overuse of medicines to control their behaviour, a former national clinical director has warned.
There are seven primary care networks entirely made up of multi-practice GP providers, with a further 38 composed of a single very large practice, according to data collected by HSJ.
NHS England has acknowledged it risks “overburdening” primary care neworks “at an early stage with unrealistic expectations for new service delivery”, and emphasised that new requirements will be “phased”.
“Serious failings” have been found at a foundation trust where a six-month-old baby died because his heart defect was not diagnosed, despite multiple opportunities to do so.
NHS England has made it easier for charities to be involved in primary care networks — by allowing ringfenced budgets to be used to pay for third party management costs.
The British Medical Association will take the much-maligned NHS property company to court over fees charged which the union describes as “unjustifiable”.
A much-vaunted scheme to use private investment for NHS capital projects has been officially scrapped, HSJ has learned.
Four NHS trusts have established a foothold in primary care networks, HSJ can reveal.
Two in five primary care networks fall outside the recommended population thresholds set by NHS England to help maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of the new structures, HSJ analysis shows.
GPs are set to receive IT services from a much broader pool of suppliers after more than 50 new companies successfully bid to be on a major framework.
A former NHS England digital chief has become UK managing director of a video GP company.
Digital-first GP providers will have to set up a clinic in most localities where they have patients, and will be denied entry to areas which already have enough doctors, under new rules adopted by NHS England.
Proposed rule changes to the provision of video GP appointments would have “unworkable practical and administrative implications” on digital primary care services, Babylon GP at Hand has said.
A cap on the number of patients that can register at Babylon GP at Hand’s new Birmingham service will be lifted next month, providing certain criteria are met, after commissioners backed the move this afternoon.
The prime minister’s new senior healthcare policy adviser believes that “more money is not the solution” to transforming the “hopelessly ill-equipped” NHS from “the monolith we have today”.
The first wave of job adverts for the new workforce going into primary care networks have been posted online, including various new managerial roles.