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Make GPs responsible for NHS resources, says NAPC

GPs should be made fully accountable for NHS resources, according to the NAPC, with rewards for those who control expenditure well and income reductions for those that don’t.

GPs should be made fully accountable for NHS resources, according to the NAPC, with rewards for those who control expenditure well and income reductions for those that don't.

The proposals to transfer accountability from PCTs to GPs are included in a new manifesto drawn up by the NAPC due to be launched at today's (November 17) NAPC conference in Birmingham.

A decade of investment in processes to enable the commissioning of NHS services has neither delivered universal benefits to patients nor the productivity gains anticipated, according to the NAPC.

The manifesto sets out how local people would be involved with practices in taking decisions to commission services, through use of a ‘health dividend' – the efficiency gain to be achieved through better use of NHS resources.

The proposals would require a new GP contract to acknowledge accountability for the use of resources as a fundamental part of the GP's role.

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