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MP committee launches enquiry into primary care

The House of Commons health committee is launching an inquiry into primary care which will include scrutiny of GP pay and workload.

The inquiry, launched today, will also look at issues including GP recruitment, patient access and the future models of general practice described in the Five Year Forward View.

Its scope includes:

  • The quality and standards of care for patients
  • Demand and access (including out-of-hours access and proposals for seven-day access)
  • Funding (including local and national distribution of resourcing)
  • Commissioning
  • Future models of care as piloted by the Five Year Forward View ‘vanguards’
  • Workforce: current and future challenges (including recruitment, retention, training, skill mix, contractual models, workload and pay).

Announcing the inquiry, which will take evidence in October and November, the committee said: ‘The Committee’s aim is to consider whether the Department of Health and its arms’ length bodies have the plans and policies in place now to ensure that high quality care is consistently available to patients at the point of need.’

The committee is asking that anyone with an interest in primary care submits a maximum of 3,000 words to the inquiry by 3 September.

Readers' comments (15)

  • So another Brand New Deal is awaited

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  • To whom should be send our 3000 word essay. Is there any email address / postal address to which this could be sent.

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  • Vinci Ho

    One essay of 3000 words
    10 essays 30,000
    100 essays 300,000
    1000 essays will be 3 million words ....
    Mmmm interesting ...

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  • "The Committee’s aim is to consider whether the Department of Health and its arms’ length bodies have the plans and policies in place now to ensure that high quality care is consistently available to patients at the point of need."

    We don't need yet another expensive tax payer funded enquiry and committee to give us the answer to this question - I can tell them right now - it's "no". Now can we avoid this waste of money and give the costs directly to GPs in their salaries? That'll be another "no" I take it?

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  • The time has come for payment by activity. It will shore up a service that is teetering on collapse. The problem for the government is that they get a lot for free right now. They do not realise how much. The increase in cost will be considerable. The upside is it will reward those practices that take on work that is traditionally done in secondary care, it will allow a platform to invest in community resources like echo, CT, MRI, X-ray. It will reward practices that see more patients.
    Naturally some practices will want to work on Saturday and Sunday and some won't. It will allow us to invest in employing cardiologists, surgeons, renal physicians in the community. 'The market' will decide what's required and not.
    The profession will attract ambitious people who wish to sub specialise.
    We may even find ourselves with some prestige rather than the little better than dogs**t we find ourselves seen by secondary care doctors and the public.

    Some regulation of the market will stop the unscrupulous.

    It has to be better than what's facing us now.

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  • Enflated egos sitting around a table discussing a profession they have no clue about. Great. Nice coffee and cakes tho.

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  • http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/primary-care-inquiry/

    here;s the website if anyone wants to submit.

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  • "Anonymous | Practice Manager | 30 July 2015 2:46pm
    Enflated egos sitting around a table discussing a profession they have no clue about."

    exactly.

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  • John Glasspool

    Inflated I suspect.

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  • Drachula

    Oh marvellous. More talk and no action. This is one GP who is developing a career largely outside the NHS given how ghastly it is on the inside. Poisonous, paranoid and, most recently, condescending, are my experiences in the NHS in the last few months. It is sometimes difficult for the good bits to make up for it.

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