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Government White Paper round-up

A summary of the issues covered in the latest Gorvernment White Papers

QOF measures

By 2008/09 the QOF will include new measures to focus on 'wider health and well-being outcomes'.

Self care will become increasingly important and 'one of the highest priorities for future changes to contractual arrangements'.

Demonstration sites

The Government will set up 25 demonstration sites to explore ways of transferring health care from hospitals to the community, including wider use of GPSIs.

GPSIs are likely to play an increased role in areas such as dermatology, ENT, general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology and urology.

Community hospitals

A 'new generation of community hospitals' will be established to provide diagnostics, day surgery and outpatient facilities.

PCTs will be able to bid for capital support for these hospitals and smaller facilities for integrated health and social care.

New targets for PCTS

Ministers will consider new targets for PCTs for moving funding from secondary to primary care and from treatment to prevention. Strategic health authorities will only agree 2008 local delivery plans where there is a 'clear strategy' to shift resources into the community.

Patients' right to data

Patients will have the right to see a raft of service and performance data on GP practices to provide extra support to their right to a choice of practice.

The White Paper obliges PCTs to supply details of whether a practice is open for new patients, the range of services it provides and its opening hours.

Complaints system

By 2009 a single complaints system across health and social care will be developed.

It will focus on resolving complaints locally with a more personal and comprehensive approach.

Teenager services

The Government will aim to make health an 'integral part' of services used by teenagers such as schools and youth centres.

Sexual health services will be redesigned in consultation with young people, particularly around where they are located.

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