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Parliament launches inquiry into primary care


30 July 2015

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An inquiry into primary care, including commissioning, has been launched by the House of Commons Health Committee to consider whether the necessary plans and policies are in place to ensure consistent high-quality care.

The committee is asking for written submissions “on the challenges affecting primary care services in England”.

An inquiry into primary care, including commissioning, has been launched by the House of Commons Health Committee to consider whether the necessary plans and policies are in place to ensure consistent high-quality care.

The committee is asking for written submissions “on the challenges affecting primary care services in England”.

The statement, from parliament UK, reads: “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 announcement gave examples of five issues the inquiry will be considering, including commissioning, funding (including local and national distribution of resourcing) and demand and access (including out of hours access and proposals for seven day access).

Current and future workforce issues will also be considered, including recruitment, retention, training, skill mix, contractual models, workload and pay, as well as future models of care as piloted by the Five Year Forward View vanguards.

Submissions of no more than 3,000 words are “invited from anyone with an interest in the problems and opportunities facing primary care” by Thursday 3 September 2015 and the committee expects to hear oral evidence in October and November.

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