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GP practices to be stress-tested before being allowed onto new contract

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So, reading the new MCP contract (now online): 1. no new money will be put into MCPs 2. any set up costs will have to be borne by GPs 3. no new money is promised to general practice in MCPs 4. if MCPS deliver efficiencies they MAY be able to invest it in general practice (though in reality MCPs are unlikely to be allowed to keep significant profits, which are more likely to be clawed back by NHSE to support hospital debts) 5. if MCPs fail to deliver, any losses will be borne by GPs: hence the need to stress test practices to make sure they can absorb potentially millions of pounds of debt. So... GPs get to pay out of their own pockets to form new organisational structures that are supposed to transform the NHS into a new form which can magically deliver huge efficiencies (which no-one else has managed despite far more resources) into a rapidly-collapsing and grossly underfunded system, whilst carrying huge personal financial risk. I cannot see any reason GPs would engage with this. This is Turkeys not just voting for Christmas, but also being told they have to pay for it out of their own pockets and organise it themselves.

Posted date

18 Dec 2016

Posted time

11:51pm

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