Consortia should hold practices' GP contracts, NAPC says

GP consortia, rather than the NHS commissioning board, should hold practices' GP contracts, the NAPC has said.

Dr Marshall: NHS needs changes
Dr Marshall: NHS needs changes

In its response to the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’, the NAPC questioned how a lean NHS Commissioning Board could fulfil its role of holding the primary care contracts for general practice.

The response said: ‘In order to performance manage general practice against these contracts the NHS Commissioning Board would require significant data flows on practice performance, knowledge of variation in local health need and even individual practitioners.

‘As the lean organisation it is intended to be it would be difficult to see how the NHS Commissioning Board could fulfil this role.’

It suggested that GP commissioning consortia should hold the GP contracts of its constituent practices ‘as a default position’ and contracts should only be held by the NHS Commissioning Board when there has been a failure to ‘discharge the contractual responsibility appropriately.’

The response also said the services which GP consortia will be responsible for commissioning locally should be regularly reviewed and changed as appropriate.

It also called for the experience of non-NHS organisations in commissioning processes should be harnessed at the earliest opportunity by GP consortia.

It added: ‘We should examine what other sectors (public, private and third sector) from all parts of the world have to offer, based on value added, and incorporate the very best of that alongside our NHS values in creating GP commissioning consortia that have the capability, capacity and support to be effective.’

Meanwhile, the response outlined that while the plans for NHS reforms are ‘challenging’, the NHS’  ‘talented workforce’ will ensure the changes deliver the best patient outcomes.

NAPC chairman Dr Johnny Marshall said: ‘The NHS is changing and had to change if it is to continue to offer a free, comprehensive service to all. The White Paper provides and appropriate vehicle to deliver the much need and welcome changes.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Almost 4,000 GPs rejoin GMC register as COVID-19 deaths surge

Almost 4,000 GPs rejoin GMC register as COVID-19 deaths surge

Around 3,800 GPs have rejoined the medical register barely a week after the government...

Prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock infected with COVID-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock infected with COVID-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson and health and social care secretary Matt Hancock are...

'Lovely' Essex GP feared to be first UK doctor to die from COVID-19

'Lovely' Essex GP feared to be first UK doctor to die from COVID-19

An Essex GP is feared to have become the first UK doctor to die after being infected...

How PCNs are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic

How PCNs are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic

Primary care networks (PCNs) are hosting virtual training sessions and re-writing...

Guidance updated for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak

Guidance updated for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak

All GPs who are pregnant should have the choice to stop work in patient-facing roles...

More than 550 GPs sign up within 24 hours to support NHS111

More than 550 GPs sign up within 24 hours to support NHS111

More than 550 GPs have signed up within 24 hours to take calls for NHS 111 as the...