GPs to be judged on public health advice

GP practices will be judged on how effectively they give out public health advice, the government has proposed in its public health White Paper.

Public Health England, a new DoH body that will oversee a £4bn public health budget, will assess GP performance in primary prevention activities.

It will then publish this data to allow patients to judge GP performance in public health.

The proposals were outlined in the new White Paper ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’.

The White Paper says: ‘By increasing transparency about how effective different GP practices are in giving public health advice, Public Health England will enable local community to challenge GPs to enhance their performance.’

The DoH revealed that the majority of public health services being commissioned by local authorities.

Launching the White Paper, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said GPs were a ‘mainstream part’ of new public health strategy.

He said GPs would also naturally look to improve primary prevention in order to cut downstream costs of healthcare to their practice.

GP consortia will be represented on local wellbeing boards alongside new directors of public health, directors of social services and, where appropriate, the NHSCB.

Consortia will also be required to develop Joint Strategic Needs Assessments in conjunction with directors of public health and local authorities.

The department’s new body, Public Health England, will assess GP performance in primary prevention activities, according to the new White Paper ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’.

 

It will then publish this data to allow patients to judge GP performance in public health.

 

The White Paper says: ‘By increasing transparency about how effective different GP practices are in giving public health advice, Public Health England will enable local community to challenge GPs to enhance their performance.’

 

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said GPs were a ‘mainstream part’ of new public health strategy.

 

He said GPs would also naturally look to improve primary prevention as it will cut downstream costs of healthcare to their practice.

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