RCGP voices fears over NHS reforms

The RCGP has expressed 'major concerns' about the pace of change and cost of the reforms set out in the White Paper.

In a statement last week, the college warned that the needs of patients and the quality of care should remain at the heart of any changes to the NHS.

Having discussed Liberating the NHS with its members, the college council warns that the reforms could cause disruption in areas where health services are already excellent.

Despite supporting the concept of clinical commissioning, and the 'central role of GPs in the future NHS', the college is concerned that the White Paper could lead to greater commercial sector involvement in the provision of care.

The college is working on ways to support GPs' new commissioning role, including an education and training programme. It is discussing ways to engage with patients and the wider public, as well as possible collaborations with other organisations.

A statement from the RCGP says that the college is 'confident GPs will rise to the challenges' NHS reform presents.

It urges GPs to react to the reforms in a patient-centred, value-driven way, and to involve specialist colleagues in planning changes to healthcare.
www.rcgp.org.uk

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