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Seventh practice in under two years set to close in English city


Apart from GP land, every part of the NHS pretty much runs of payment by activity, so no wonder the DOH is always trying to relocate work back into the free all you can eat GP practices as it is cost free. I want to know how hospitals used to be paid to do all the chronic disease work, monitoring all cardiac, respiratory, diabetic etc patients, and now they are seen in GP land, the clinics are still full, long wait lists, and hospital costs remain on the increase. There is no more capacity to take on work from hospitals, care homes, community contracts given to private providers and closing practices, which are all pretty much expected to be taken on free or for peanuts. Everyone else used to get hundreds of pounds to do this work and either told to go to GP for free, or a few pounds as part of some LES when it ends up dumped on GPs. We are unable to recruit GPs and locums are charging fortunes to cherry pick which work they will do, leaving regular partners to be stretched to the limit to cover the short fall. Finally some are cracking and handing back contracts - this trickle could turn into a flood if conditions don't drastically improve.

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19 Jan 2017

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