These Directions may be cited as the National Health Service (General Medical Services – Premises Costs) (England) Directions 2004 and shall come into force on 1st April 2004. These directions apply in relation to England only.
The new POS and GOS contract regulations were laid before Parliament on 6th May 2008. There are three sets of regulations which come into force on 1st August 2008, and transitional provisions which come into force earlier to allow PCTs to ensure implementation by 1st August 2008.
Where a business changes ownership, then the GOS records transfer to the new GOS contractor providing mandatory and/or additional services (as the case may be).
If, however, a contract comes to an end and the practice ceases to provide GOS, the records of NHS patients should revert to the PCT, if it is not possible to transfer those records to another GOS practice which will take on those NHS patients.
As commissioners, PCTs have responsibility for ensuring the highest quality of service to their local population across all areas of primary care contracting. The PCT will need to spend time developing both its strategic and operational priorities to ensure improved quality of service, access and cost effectiveness, and to allow for innovative commissioning according to local need.