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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.