MPs call for incentives for GPs to target poor populations

The DoH must do more to incentivise GPs to work in the most deprived areas, according to the House of Commons public accounts committee (PAC).

Dr Vautrey: the 2004 GMS contract has made 'significant headway' in reducing health inequalities

In a report on deprivation and health inequalities, MPs said the DoH had ‘failed to address GP shortages in the most deprived areas’ and called for urgent action to address this.

The PAC has been examining why the DoH failed to meet a 2004 target to cut health inequalities by 10% by 2010.

It calls for the proposed NHS Commissioning Board to offer more incentives for GPs to target their most deprived patients with preventative measures.

‘The department and the commissioning board should use the GP contract to link payments explicitly to GPs’ success in improving the health of the neediest people in their practices,’ the report says.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said the 2004 GMS contract had made 'significant headway' in reducing health inequalities, especially for long-term conditions. Improved, centralised workforce planning should be used to address any shortages of GPs in deprived areas, he said.

The committee also found that two thirds of PCTs in the most deprived areas ‘still do not receive the money due to them under the government’s funding formula’.

‘In developing the funding model for GP consortia and public health, the department and the commissioning board should consider how funding shortfalls in the most deprived areas could be corrected,’ the report says.

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

phone and laptop

Blanket rollout of patient record access programme halted

Plans to roll out access for all patients to prospective entries to their GP medical...

GP sign

Scottish GP capacity hits lowest point in more than a decade

Scotland has lost 3% of its full-time equivalent (FTE) GP workforce since 2019 -...

coins

GPs fear funding cuts and sidelining of LMCs as ICS model beds in

GPs fear hospital trust overspends could become 'general practice's problem' as representation...

Doctor on a computer

3 reasons why recruiting with GP Jobs makes your life easier

How GP Jobs can help you fill vacancies in your practice.

Amoxicillin antibiotic drug capsules

Viewpoint: How can we reduce antibiotic prescribing?

Dr Anita Sharma, who has been involved with several antibiotic prescribing initiatives...

Person typing on laptop

Complaints against GPs up 37% compared with pre-pandemic levels

Written complaints about GP practices have surged by more than a third compared with...