RCGP ambassadors denied access to STP proposals, college warns

RCGP ambassadors employed to represent GPs in the development of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been blocked from seeing the emerging proposals, the college's vice chair has said.

Professor Kamila Hawthorne
Professor Kamila Hawthorne

Professor Kamila Hawthorne said the college was ‘very worried’ that NHS leaders in some STP areas were planning for falling GP numbers.

GPonline has reported on plans for Somerset that project a one-fifth reduction in GP numbers, while in part of London GP numbers could fall by half.

College ambassadors, Professor Hawthorne told a Westminster Health Forum policy conference on Thursday, had in some areas ‘real difficulty in getting into the STP and actually seeing what the STP plans are’.

Podcast: what do STPs mean for GPs?

LMC leaders across England have complained about being ignored or excluded from the process whereby 44 collaborations on local NHS organisations are drawing up plans to implement the Five Year Forward View, make efficiency savings and allocate transformation funding.

Primary care minister David Mowat told the RCGP annual conference in October that STPs would be blocked if they are opposed by a consensus of GPs.

NHS England, which is leading the process with NHS Improvement, told GPonline in response to questions as to how STPs could be blocked by GP consensus that RCGP ambassadors were providing ‘valuable support’ to the process, and that GPs would be able to engage with the proposals. ‘The concrete test over the next year and beyond is that they implement locally the GP Forward View,' a spokesman said.

GP funding

Speaking at the same event NHS England’s director of primary care GP Dr Arvind Madan said that STPs would be required to direct 15% to 20% of the STP fund to primary care.

The RCGP is now conducting a review of STPs, said Professor Hawthorne, ‘to see exactly how far they have gone in developing primary care and putting funding into primary care’.

‘It's a mixed bag from what we can see at an early stage,' she added. ‘But there will be a report coming out, probably in January, from the RCGP that will actually lay out, clearly, whether general practice is really being recognised by STPs. And I know it's a problem in some areas, but actually it's not a problem in all, which is interesting.’

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

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...