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Darzi considers asking councils to fund new GP practices

By Steve Nowottny

Local councils could be asked to help fund the wave of new practices planned as part of the Government's access drive, GPs advising the Government have suggested.

The idea was one of several mooted at the first meeting of the primary and community care services strategy advisory board - a group of leading GPs advising health minister Lord Darzi on his review of the NHS.

According to minutes of the meeting, obtained by Pulse under the Freedom of Information Act, GPs urged ministers to ‘consider options such as joint capital strategies with local government' for the new GP-led health centres. PCTs should also integrate the centres with other community-based services where possible, they said.

Other topics discussed included the importance of improved access to other primary care services as well as GP practices, the role of commissioning and the significance of the registered population base in primary care.

Dr James Kingsland, chair of the National Association of Primary Care and one of the GPs advising Lord Darzi, said the board, co-chaired by Lord Ara Darzi and primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome, had a busy programme planned.

‘It's going to be quite intensive,' he said. ‘It's a channel through which you can hopefully at least get your voice heard and have some influence.'

The minutes of the first meeting of the advisory board are attached.

Lord Darzi Minutes of the November 14 meeting of the primary and community care services strategy advisory board.

Minutes of the November 14 meeting of the advisory board on primary care

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