Give GPs hospital board posts, says RCP

GPs should be handed roles on hospital boards as part of the NHS response to the Francis inquiry, according to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Board meeting: GPs should be represented on hospital boards
Board meeting: GPs should be represented on hospital boards

Clinicians should also be 'embedded' in DH and NHS England policy development teams, the college believes.

The RCP will publish findings on 12 September from the 'Future Hospital Commission', set up by the college to map out hospital reform proposals.

It has also drawn up proposals for other parts of the NHS as part of its full response to the Francis inquiry. To mirror the requirement for CCGs to have a hospital doctor on their board, the RCP proposes that foundation trust hospitals should have a GP on their board.

It also backs the Francis inquiry proposal that GPs should track patients more closely after they leave hospital.

Patrick Cadigan, RCP registrar, said: ‘Francis’ vision of the patient at the centre of everything the NHS does forces us to reconsider our own actions as individuals and as a body of professionals, and leaves no room for complacency.’

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