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'Named GP' for every patient included in new GP contract

Practices will be required to introduce ‘named GPs’ for every patient, in the new GP contract for 2015/16.

NHS Employers announced that the new contract for GPs in England will require them to assign a ‘named, accountable GP’ for all patients - including children - who will take lead responsibility for the ‘co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the contract’. 

GP practices in England were required in the 2014/15 GP contract to assign all patients aged 75 years or over a ‘named GP’ and ensure that they have access to ‘multidisciplinary care that meets the needs of the patient’.

This was a centrepiece of the health secretary’s so-called return of the ‘family doctor’ agenda for practices, although, in practice this has meant little change to existing arrangements for most patients.

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Readers' comments (14)

  • Presumably he has checked to see what a difference his policy is already making in the over 75s. None at all Mr hunt just like yor DES on reducing unplanned admissions. None will improve quality and all increase admin burden significantly.

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  • Is this not called the registered GP.

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  • Just pure politics....nothing more...nothing less.

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  • This is nonsense.
    The government want patients to feel they have a 'named gp' yet fund us in such a way we should use workforce mix AND overfunded walk in centres etc.
    Nonsense mixed messages are not benign. They are damaging.
    Complete bunch of idiots.

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  • That what happened for years and then a politician decided it was a waste of time.........just give up.

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  • The only way to counter this nonsense is to overperform.
    I have started overperforming on my drugs budget (i.e) prescribe as per GMC good medical practice by generic prescribing rather than the cheapest brand off the week!
    Refer more, resolve less. The politicians anyway think we should refer more although dont understand that will collapse the secondary care.
    Once the secondary care grinds to halt before elections, people will understand the Emperors New Clothes!
    Comrades, You dont have to strike or put yourself at risk , just overperform.

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  • Here we go again. Pooled lists back to individual lists. What a wast of money!!!

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  • does this mean we are taking patient choice away again?? because this is how patients will see this, writing to inform them of named GP will cause the phones to be jammed whilst patients complain about the allocated GP!
    We are just going round in circles without taking steps forward, wait for it, soon we will abolish appointment times, it's about the only thing they haven't undone!!!
    "Same old same old" but so much more work for already overstretched staff!

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  • Our practice is a single hander which at the minute runs with the help of some great locums (we have a bit of a recruitment problem, don't know if anyone has heard....). That means we will have one GP as the named GP of almost 5.5k patients. Said patients, despite any wording in the letter which we will no doubt have to send them, will all think this means that our one GP will see them as and when they wish. F**king nightmare.

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  • Single named, responsible GP for each Patient 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    84 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, 4368 hours per year per GP.

    Once you take away the additional cost of extra staffing and the additional Heating and lighting costs etc..Finally the GP will be on the minimum wage!!

    Marvelous, who will the press get on at then??

    Politicians maybe??

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  • Can we not use this to our advantage ? With pooled lists it was difficult to see the list size per GP. We will have a much better idea with named GPs and can show the numbers per GP are going up.

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  • Russell Thorpe

    named GP and same day access with the ability to book an appointment as far ahead as you like, already happening in my practice. Yes Im singlehanded and Im the laggard that needs to be shut down. Too small to privatise.

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  • Of course since 2004 the 'list' has been a practice list - not individual - now if only we could turn back time and re-establish the old lists that would automatically do the trick - oh hang on silly me the lists never got changed they are all still in pre-2004 mode so every patient does have a named GP - they may not like them but they are there.
    Now if only we can get a handle on this co-ordinating care malarky that seems such a good idea its a wonder we dont do it already ?

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  • Yet another nail in the coffin for The Great NHS.

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