This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

pul jul aug2020 cover 80x101px
Read the latest issue online

Independents' Day

GPs may be handed cash to buy their own IT system

Central funding for purchasing GP IT systems could be terminated, with funding provided to practices through the per patient capitation payment instead, a major NHS IT report has said.

The current GP Systems of Choice scheme – where practices choose an IT system from an approved list of suppliers – expires in April 2018, and NHS England and the Department of Health will evaluate whether practices should instead be given money to purchase their own system.

The proposal, which forms part of the NHS vision for a ‘21st century’ IT system, would still require practices to purchase systems that meet minimum standards for record sharing and security.

The report states: ‘The GPSoC contract for the central purchasing of GP systems and associated technology ends in April 2018, and NHS England and DH will consider carefully whether it is appropriate that it continues as a national contract or whether funding for GP systems should be incorporated into the capitation payments made to primary care providers, who will then be free to purchase systems from any supplier, subject to meeting national data and technology standards.’

The report, released this week and developed by NHS England, the DH, CQC, Monitor and research organisations among others, sets out plans to give patients the opportunity to access all their medical records through NHS Choices, adding comments to their GP medical records and expanding by 2018.


Readers' comments (6)

  • Dear god, if the GPC can't see this Trojan Horse coming and draw a red line against it then they really do need sacking. The money for it will disappear but practices will be legally obliged to have a certain standard of system, that the Govt will set higher and more expensive each year since they won't be funding it any more.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Yes, let's put something else into the magical "global sum" so that it gets lost forever and no-one can question it.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • ... the GPC wouldn't see Tsunami on its own doorstep!!!
    Seriously, don't waste any time waiting for the BMA to act.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Looks like the software companies want more money , NHS says no- but want lots of features - will cost more -so pass it to the GP`s.
    Well unless we all hand over our contracts on the same day they will push for this.
    Remember the NHSE managers who have this have relatives including parents who will suffer when the existing system collapses- maybe they may realize their mistake- although it would be too late.
    Although far from perfect , NHS primary care is one of the most cost effective systems in the world.

    The consultancy firms such as KPMG, Deloitte , PwC are advising the NHS now.

    See the link below to see where they stand:

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I see a cross on yonder hills , I see grave valleys all around , I see the cremation fires burning never ending going round and round
    I see men women tails horns snouts pitchforks galore , I see the tides of time withering away . I see no cavalry no support , no archers no heavy artillery , no air support no sea support . I see lots of knives and lots of backs but looking upon their starry faces I see a smile a look of affection and love but in those deep eyes all I see is betrayal fake underhanded ness and features well suited to the realms of satan lucifer and their progeny
    Just where are the angels , where is Gabriel , Where is that shining light that hand of hope and that heart that is true honest and one I can trust
    Just where are you

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Someone in the DOH noticed they would be actionable for breach of data protection when the open the external internet connection ports for the patient access and booking?
    Make it a GP risk by giving them ownership of the IT again.
    wake up GPC you are on record as saying practices must never bear the risk of the governments IT whims again- so man up and act.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say