Welsh GPs agree deal to target financial support at practices facing closure

GP practices in Wales that consider themselves 'vulnerable to closure within 12 months' or needing to cut back services to survive have been urged to apply for support under a sustainability deal agreed between the government and GPC leaders.

Dr Charlotte Jones: Welsh deal (Photo: Ray Farley)
Dr Charlotte Jones: Welsh deal (Photo: Ray Farley)

Practices that apply for support will be assessed under a 'GP sustainability framework' agreed by GPC Wales and the Welsh Assembly government.

A scoring system will be used to evaluate the threat practices face, with practices evaluated handed low, medium or high risk ratings to assess whether access and continuity of services is sustainable, particularly in rural and deprived urban communities.

Sustainability of GP practices

Changes to the Welsh GP contract for 2015/16 and 2016/17 included a commitment to develop a programme to help address the sustainability of GP practices, a goal this deal has 'realised' according to GPC Wales.

GPC Wales chairwoman Dr Charlotte Jones said: 'I’m delighted that GPC Wales and NHS Wales have now agreed a framework for assessing the sustainability of GP practices in Wales. It is vital that access and the continuity of services are secured for patients across Wales, and it is important to recognise that rural and deprived urban communities face unique challenges.

'The new framework will ensure that practices which are vulnerable to the risk of closure will get proper support in a timely manner, and we hope that it will provide reassurance to such practices moving forward.'

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