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Contract signed to ensure doctors receive the same money per patient


6 May 2016

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Doctors in the North West have signed up to a new contract which will see them all receiving the same amount of money per patient.

Seventeen practices in Fylde and Wyre have signed the new GP Quality Contract.

Fylde and Wyre CCG drew up the new contract to ensure patients at every practice get a consistent and high quality standard of care.

The previous top-up contract meant practices across the area with a population of 152,000 got a varying amount of money.

Doctors in the North West have signed up to a new contract which will see them all receiving the same amount of money per patient.

Seventeen practices in Fylde and Wyre have signed the new GP Quality Contract.

Fylde and Wyre CCG drew up the new contract to ensure patients at every practice get a consistent and high quality standard of care.

The previous top-up contract meant practices across the area with a population of 152,000 got a varying amount of money.

Last year NHS England announced that Fylde and Wyre CCG was one of 65 across the country to take control of commissioning GP contracts and services.

It would be in charge of contracts, managing performance and setting up its own incentive schemes.

The new contract will top up government funding to practices so they will all get £91 per patient

The CCG’s chief officer Dr Tony Naughton said: “In the face of national cuts this contract will make sure that general practice will be available across all practices.”

In the past what the funding practices received was “inequitable” across the area, he said.

The new contract meant the CCG could guarantee that the same service would be available at every surgery.

Naughton, who practices in Thornton, said: “This will make sure general practice services are of the right quality and as a CCG we can now specify the care we expect from practices.

“This will make sure that as many people as possible will be treated in the community, rather than having to go into hospital care.”

So far 17 practices have signed up and negotiations are ongoing with two more practices.

If they do not sign they will still receive their funding from the General Medical Service contract but will lose out on the top up cash.

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