GPs demand protection for enhanced services funding

GPs have demanded protection for enhanced services funding as the NHS financial crisis worsens.

LMC representatives reported how PCTs and fledgling consortia were attempting to cap enhanced services spending in primary care, or cut allocations to meet efficiency targets.

Dr Nev Bradley, of Wirral LMC, said the enhanced services scheme had been crucial to meeting healthcare priorities over the past seven years.

‘Now the country is broke and we hear the call for efficiency savings, when the funding for enhanced services has helped us meet priorities and incentivised excellence in patient care.’

Conference passed a motion commending enhanced services as an ‘excellent motivator in driving up quality in clinical care’, and urging the GPC to ensure funding is maintained.

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