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CCGs set to be 'traffic light rated' on GP access and long-term conditions

CCGs could be placed into special measures if there is not sufficient access to GP services in their area, the health secretary has announced.

In a speech today in Liverpool, Jeremy Hunt announced plans for CCG traffic light ratings similar to those already being published for NHS providers on NHS Choices.

He said CCGs rated largely green (good) and blue (OK) would be ‘left alone’, while others in the red and yellow could face being put into the new ‘success regime’ announced yesterday by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

Mr Hunt said the Government is currently developing alongside the King’s Fund a traffic light system for CCGs on health outcomes by measuring access to services, quality and safety and prevention.

He said the work would result in ‘transparent metrics’ that will be a ‘correct way of holding CCGs accountable for the way they deliver healthcare’.

The health secretary added that ‘it is not just going to be about the CCG it is going to be about the mental health provider, it will be about the service offered through GPs, and so on but in the end the CCG holds the cheque book so they are responsible for making it work’.

The ratings will be based on the service received by patient groups, such as older people, vulnerable older people, people with long-term conditions, patients with mental health conditions, families and the ‘generally healthy’.

The CCGs’ performance for each group will be based on ‘access’, ‘clinical outcomes’ and ‘prevention’, he said.

It comes as yesterday Mr Stevens announced that Essex, Cumbria and parts of Devon would be the first whole health economies to be put into a new ‘success regime’, aimed at turning failing areas into successful areas when it comes to care quality and healthy finances.

Today, Mr Hunt said the CCG traffic light ratings would be ‘vital’ in determining where these success regimes would be implemented.

He said: ‘If we do this we will be truly one of the first countries in the world to try and understand the quality of whole patient care of an entire patient pathway, primary, secondary, social care, where it is working, where it isn’t working, and this will be absolutely vital information for the intervention regime that Simon talked about yesterday for underperforming health economies.

‘Because the intention here is that we are able to leave you alone if you are getting lots of green ticks and lots of blue okays, but on behalf of patients we have a responsibility to step in if we have persistent failure that is not being addressed.’

NHS England has said one of the key areas it will focus on driving in these areas are the new models of care, which were described in the NHS England five year plan and are being piloted by ‘vanguard’ sites across the country.

Readers' comments (16)

  • Beatings will continue until morale improves.

    CCGs are to be blamed for the crisis in general practice created by Camoron, Lansley and Chunt.

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  • Nothing to do with the underfunding of the NHS to the tune of 1-2 extra percent of GDP then MR Hunt,Not to do with not training eough medical/nursing proffessionals.Not to do with ramping up expections in the general public.Not to do with politiczing the NHS.Not to do with using the right wing press to denegrate the NHS.Its all to do with CCG+ GPs and the proffessional the staff the NHS.THe government has no responsibility pass the buck to someone else and give yourselves a 10% pay rise.The houses of Parliment seem to be full of Hunts and we know who is the biggest one of all! URRRGH!

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  • At what point do Hunt and Co take the blame for what they have done and the resulting mess?

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  • er... he does know there is a recruitment crisis doesn't he? Won't it be red everywhere. Red is a nicer colour anyway.

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  • It is all planned.... systematic savaging of General practice by the Tories to make sure it goes belly up and then try and get Private providers to come in and employ a salaried GP workforce. Heremy Junt and Co. from Planet UR.ANUS

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  • Please do us a favour, let's have a Hunt - free week:)

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  • How about putting Hunt & the DoH in "special measures" as they created this mess?

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  • Desperate need to get the politcal buffoons out of health care and an indepedent body to run it. Then, it will be apparent that healthcare in the UK is underfunded and new funding will need to be found. Public willl have to pay more through taxes, insurance, co-payments, direct private or a combination of all of them them.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Shortly, the whole country will be in special measures.

    What is really funny, is that following the Circle/Huntingdon episode, it is clear to me that the Private Sector is going to very little interest in looking after the Great Unwashed at c £100 per pat per year.

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  • Well done Mr Hunt. Please focus on patient access. This is the most important thing to look into. Audits should be done on a regular basis as to the actual number of face-to-face consultants provided by each surgery, and this should be clearly displayed for the public to see. Also, data should be provided as to how many clinical appointments each doctor is personally providing to his registered patients without the use of locum doctors.

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