Video: STPs that fail to invest in general practice should be rejected

NHS England should reject any sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) that do not commit to increase funding to general practice, RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker told the college's annual conference in Harrogate.

In her final speech as college chair, Dr Baker warned that STPs were currently too focused on 'plugging ever increasing hospital deficits'.

She said: ‘This is a false vision which may seem to offer short term gain, but if general practice isn't supported then there is no system transformation and we will very quickly be back where we started.’

Dr Baker called on NHS chief executive Simon Stevens to require all STPs to publish their financial plans and make clear that plans which fail to commit further investment to general practice would be rejected and responsibility for funding will be withheld.

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