Darzi review: MPIG to be scrapped to enable patient choice

The MPIG is to be scrapped, because it is holding back patient choice, the government has said.

The Darzi review, published this afternoon, commits the NHS to allowing patients to choose their GP.

But MPIG ‘mitigates against people exercising that choice, and is a barrier to tackling health inequalities’, health secretary Alan Johnson said. ‘That needs to be tackled.’

The review says the government will work with ‘GP representatives to manage the phase out’ of MPIG.

This will create a fairer funding system that rewards the best GPs, it says.

The Darzi review also commits the NHS to publishing more information about the quality of GP practices so that patients can make informed choices.

And it promises an ‘independent and transparent process’ for developing the quality framework.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

Department of Health

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