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GPC to investigate effectiveness of primary care transformation fund


5 November 2015

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GPs are being surveyed by the British Medical Association's General Practice Committee (GPC) in a bid to unveil the government's progress on premises improvements.

GPs are being surveyed by the British Medical Association's General Practice Committee (GPC) in a bid to unveil the government's progress on premises improvements.

It comes after NHS England last week said the funding criteria of the primary care transformation fund will change, meaning that GPs will need to meet the criteria and then get clinical commissioning group (CCG) sign-off in order to access the funding.

For 2016/7, GPs will be assessed by CCGs on the following criteria: increased capacity for primary care services out of hospital, a commitment to a wider range of services to reduce unplanned admissions to hospital, improving seven-day access to effective care and increased training capacity.

The GPC described this alteration as "unacceptable" and Balmer added: "this was a much-publicised scheme, which was supposed to address decades of under investment in GP facilities."

In December last year the £1 billion primary care transformation fund was launched by NHS England, in a widely-publicised scheme to upgrade general practice facilities. Then, in March, the first supported bids for investments were announced.

The survey aims to establish "a true picture of the state of GP premises and give voice to the concerns of thousands of GPs about this faltering programme," he added.
 

View the survey here

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