NHS England backs general practice with a multi-billion transformation plan
From NHS England
The head of NHS England has set out a multi-billion plan designed to get general practice back on its feet, improve patient care and access, and invest in new ways of providing primary care.
Publishing a General Practice Forward View – developed with Health Education England and in discussion with the Royal College of GPs and other GP representatives – Simon Stevens said the NHS would now earmark an extra £2.4 billion a year for general practice services by 2020/21.
This means spending will rise from £9.6 billion in 2016/17 to over £12 billion by 2021 – a 14 percent real terms increase. This investment will be supplemented by a £500 million national ‘turnaround’ package to support GP practices, and additional funds from local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
The plan also contains specific, practical and funded steps to strengthen workforce, drive efficiencies in workload, modernise infrastructure and technology, and redesign the way modern primary care is offered to patients.