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Joining a super-practice provides shelter from the current storm

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I am afraid that Dr Dawlatly does not provide any reasonable business like argument for his decision to join Our Health Partnership. In his last para he mentions about opportunity for savings. These savings can be achieved by a simple SLA through co-operative style organisation with membership without giving up current contracts and individual autonomy. There are no financial figures published by such proposals that the savings achieved by this method will pay for the management and running costs of new Superpartnerships or Superpractices. Enhanced services currently form a small part of practice income and these services are available to the Practices through either national DES or local LISs. In the past many small practices like ours and our former group SBIC (19000 patients and 5 practices) have provided evidence of excellent management of practice based budgets during PBC, improved savings, improved clinical and financial performance and over £2.5 million of reinvestment in new models of care in partnership with local hospitals without the need for Superpractices. The real rational for creating Superpractices/partnership should be for getting new business (NHS and non-NHS), shifting many services such as OP from our outdated Hospital base and currently contracted from Community Health Trusts, bidding for Public Health Services and creating a new Integrated Care Organisation in the community with focus on Population Health. There are no wild seas and storms – most of this view has been created by media hype and institutional interests of few. To be able not only to survive but move forward in the current and future health care market place, one requires tenacity of purpose, resilience and strength. Much of the current focus is on GP profit and not clinical excellence.

Posted date

14 Oct 2015

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7:05pm

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