Tories to boost GP commissioning and cut NHS admin by third

A Conservative government will strengthen the power of GPs by putting them in charge of commissioning local health services, David Cameron has pledged.

Mr Cameron: Link GP pay to performance
Mr Cameron: Link GP pay to performance

The Conservatives' election manifesto, which was released on Tuesday, also promised to give GPs the power to hold patients' budgets and commission care on their behalf.

It also pledged to link GP pay to the quality of their results, as well as make performance in the NHS 'totally transparent' by publishing information about the results healthcare providers are achieving.

‘NHS staff will be properly accountable to patients for their performance, removing the need for expensive layers of bureaucracy to oversee the NHS. As a result, we will be able to cut the cost of NHS administration by a third and transfer resources to support doctors and nurses on the frontline,' the manifesto said.

It also suggested a Conservative government would scrap 'politically-motivated' targets in the NHS to allow doctors and nurses to use their professional judgement about what is right for patients.

Meanwhile, the manifesto also confirmed a Conservative government would ensure patients have access to a GP in their area between 8 am and 8pm, seven days a week.

David Cameron said: ‘We have a reform plan to make the changes the NHS needs. We will decentralise power, so that patients have a real choice. We will make doctors and nurses accountable to patients, not to endless layers of bureaucracy and management. We can't go on with an NH S that puts targets before patients.'  

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