GPs to draw up care plans for 1m patients

Each GP practice in England could be expected to draw up care plans for around 100 patients on their list as part of proposals to make GPs responsible for 24-hour care of the frail elderly.

Jeremy Hunt: care plans proposal (photo: Jason Heath Lancy)

Changes to the GP contract in England for 2014/15 are expected to make GPs responsible for overseeing 24-hour care for around 1m frail elderly patients across the country.

Speaking at the King's Fund on 22 October, health secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that the plans, currently under negotiation with the GPC, would give GPs ‘autonomy’ to deliver care plans.

Senior Conservatives have warned that GPs will not be given extra funding for being the named responsible clinician for frail elderly patients.

Mr Hunt has promised to free GPs from bureaucracy, to allow them to be more ‘proactive’ with patients with complex needs.

But this could mean GPs are forced to make more care home visits, after the CQC chief warned that GPs must step up care home support.

The RCGP has warned that the plans will fail unless the government boosts GP numbers.

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