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GPs to have larger ‘integrated care’ remit


14 August 2013

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A major public consultation has been launched to help shape the future of general practice by putting GPs at the heart of community care. 
NHS England announced today that general practice will play an “even greater role” in integrating out of hospital services.
The current primary care system will be revamped, with NHS England calling on frontline clinicians, CCGs and practices to help develop an effective, long term solution to improve care for the aging population and increased number of patients with long-term conditions.

A major public consultation has been launched to help shape the future of general practice by putting GPs at the heart of community care. 
NHS England announced today that general practice will play an “even greater role” in integrating out of hospital services.
The current primary care system will be revamped, with NHS England calling on frontline clinicians, CCGs and practices to help develop an effective, long term solution to improve care for the aging population and increased number of patients with long-term conditions.
The organisation is also inviting comments on how it can best support local changes. 
NHS England deputy medical director Dr Mike Bewick said: “We need a system which will lead to more effective co-ordination of care, particularly for people with long term conditions and more complex health and care problems. 
“Engaging with general practice, CCGs and other partners is essential. It ensures that we work as one cohesive unit and that we design general practice services which are rooted in the needs of local communities which have been identified by health and wellbeing boards.”
Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said: “It is important that clinicians, NHS England and the government work together to find solutions to the challenges facing the NHS.
“General practice is facing increasing pressure from rising patient demand linked to an ageing population and the expanding number of patients with complex, long term conditions.”
NHS England will also be consulting on the current approach to commissioning primary dental, pharmacy and eye-care services.

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