Under-performers to be targeted by new GMS contract

Poor practice performance and health inequalities are to be targeted in the revised GMS contract from April 2008, according to NHS Employer’s GMS negotiator Dr Adrian Jacobs.

He told the NHS Alliance conference in Manchester last week that ‘performance improvement plans’ would be used to drive up the standard of underperforming practices.

‘There will be better levers to change the contract if there is poor performance. PCOs are pushing for levers to drive up quality. If it doesn’t improve then they will put it out to tender,’ added the former director of primary care at Torbay PCT in Devon.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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