GP consortia funding will be 'remarkably generous'

Funding for GP consortia will be 'remarkably generous', the chief executive of the NHS has pledged.

Mr Goodwin was concerned the funding might be "Treasury generous"
Mr Goodwin was concerned the funding might be "Treasury generous"

Speaking at the NHS Alliance conference last week, David Nicholson said the plans will be outlined in the NHS Operating Framework, which is due to be published on 15 December.

A lot of people would be surprised by the amount of money available to consortia, he added.

‘The Operating Framework will identify the amount of money per head of population that we will allocate for the running costs of consortia,’ he said.

‘It is remarkably generous and I think people will be shocked by the size of it.’

But Nick Goodwin, senior fellow at the King’s Fund, raised concerns about the funding. ‘I think it might be "Treasury generous",’ he said. ‘But we will have to wait and see.’

Mr Nicholson also said GP consortia should be ‘sensible and organised’ about taking on PCT staff as the NHS cannot afford to make them all redundant. ‘If every GP consortia doesn’t use the current PCT staff redundant,’ he said. ‘It would cost £1.5bn. That’s £1.5bn that we would have to take out of the patient services budget. We simply can’t afford it.’

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