Ignore the plan at your own risk, experts warn
Strategy documents are a regular occurrence but it would be a mistake for primary care to write off the NHS Long Term Plan. According to the latest issue of PCC Insight, the plan finally makes good on NHS England’s pledge to reverse the decline of general practice with new funding and significant changes to the GP contract, but it also comes with conditions. Central to the success of the strategy is the ability of primary care to organise in networks and for the wider health economy to form integrated care systems – both in short order. We hear from a former director of primary care, a leading lawyer and PCC’s chief executive Helen Northall about the implications of the plan and its prospects. We also hear from a procurement expert about the skills primary care networks will need to acquire to grow and thrive as more of the “new” money is routed through networks, and from PCC adviser Charlotte Goodson about the contracting issues faced by dispensing practices.
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