Lib Dems: ‘Incentivise GPs to work in deprived areas’

PCTs whose practices do not meet waiting time targets would be obliged to buy primary care services from other providers, under a Liberal Democrat plan.

Speaking at the King's Fund yesterday, party leader Nick Clegg said: ‘Where a health service provider fails to deliver those entitlements they will be legally obliged to pay for that treatment in whichever facility can provide it: public or private.'

Mr Clegg also announced proposals to alter GP funding to make it more attractive to practise in deprived areas.

‘By altering the criteria of the quality framework or attaching a greater financial premium to poorer patients, we can invest more in the health of those who are most in need,' he said.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

Liberal Democrats

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