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Greater focus on long term conditions for GPs

Greater focus on long term conditions for GPs

PROPOSED changes to the GP contract will focus on better care for people with long-term conditions to help prevent unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital.

The proposals put to the British Medical Association include stopping rewards for organisational tasks like good record-keeping, which should be part of any good health organisation. The Government believes that this money should go into rewarding the quality of services that GPs offer patients. It further wants to ensure that more patients benefit from best practice in areas such as keeping blood pressure low and reducing cholesterol levels, especially those in most need or hardest to reach.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: “By 2018 those with one or more long term conditions is set to rise to 2.9 million. We want to drive up standards for all and want the contract to reflect the most up-to-date expert guidance and excellent standards of care.”

Dr Nicola Smith, chair of Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group says she supports the need to regularly review indicators and their thresholds so that they reward improvements in patient care by incentivising the achievement of the highest standards. “It seems reasonable to me to agree to retire those indicators that are nowadays considered to be standard practice. However, to achieve the desired outcomes it is important to recognise the impact on workload any changes may bring.”

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