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Hunt to announce new 'package' to ease GP pressure next month

The health secretary will announce a new package of measures in February designed to ‘address growing pressures on GPs’, he has said today.

The move is expected to detail how the Government intends to spend the 4-5% additional funding announced for general practice last year.

This additional funding is derived from the £8bn additional funding promised by the Treasury for the NHS.

The DH said that a package of measures would be developed in consultation with the GPC and the RCGP and announced next month.

There will be further steps to increase the GP workforce, including incentives to keep GPs in the profession, the DH said.

Mr Hunt said in a statement: ‘I am determined that we will address growing pressures on GPs and do even more to support the profession – so in February, we’ll be announcing a new package of measures consulting with the Royal College of GPs and the GPC on this.’

He added that the CQC will be looking to ‘streamline their inspections’, as previously announced by the regulator.

Mr Hunt said: ‘On top of this, I want to increase the proportion of funding going into general practice, so with NHS England we are now promising to invest 4-5% more per year in general practice for the rest of this Parliament on top of the extra funding CCGs will put into primary care.’

Last year, the health secretary announced his heavily-trailed ‘new deal’, which included a range of measures, including many previously announced plans.

However, it was criticised by GPs, with the BMA’s Annual Representatives Meeting accusing the health secretary of putting the ‘very existence’ of general practice in danger.

NHS England announced last month that the budget for general practice will increase by 4.2% this year, to £7.65bn. The funding increases for general practice will be ‘disproportionately higher’ than for other services, it said.

Readers' comments (56)

  • Hooray we're saved.

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  • This man is trying derail the LMC's call for GPs to mass resignation. He has that pr quality be careful.

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  • All a little too late......we are sinking!

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  • The only thing that might stop me from retirement would be Hunt giving up all his wordly goods and devoting the rest of his miserable life to washing the feet of the poor.

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  • Much of the money will already be earmarked for this stupid project and that. Why discuss how to spend it with the RCGP?
    Just because some of us have to be members to practise, it does not make it a representative body. The BMA is our union and should be negotioating, not a bunch of "academics" although if you read the BJGP you might wonder if you can even call them that!

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  • Bob Hodges

    The wind is a bit wet isn't it? And strangely yellow............

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  • Vinci Ho

    Attack and defend.
    Agent Hunt is trying to convince the public 'activities' like junior doctor industrial action and our emergency LMC conference are 'unnecessary'.
    Timing is important . Why February , not tomorrow ? Game on .

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  • Don't get your hopes up he stills hates GPs

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  • Shove your package. It's too late. You've spoiled my job and my life. Now shove off

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  • As long as it is in the baseline and we don't have to jump through hoops for it , it is a step in the right direction.

    New money is often attached to some lunatic scheme which benefits no-one.. A classic example is the unplanned admissions DES...

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