A letter from Dame Barbara Hakin, National Managing Director of Commissioning Development, to chief executives of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities sets out proposed changes to the general medical services contract for 2013/2014.
These proposals have been sent to the British Medical Association for consideration and include:
- new measures to improve care for patients with long term conditions and help prevent unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital
- ensuring that quality rewards for GPs reflect expert advice, from NICE, so that patients receive the very best care in line with the most up to date evidence
- stopping additional rewards for organisational tasks like good record keeping, which should be part of any good health organisation. This money will instead go into rewarding the quality of services that GPs offer patients.
- ensuring 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.