|Improving the gateway to better healthcare|
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 £2.4bn a year for general practice services by 2020/21.
This means spending will rise from £9.6bn in 2016/17 to over £12bn by 2021 – a 14% real terms increase. This investment will be supplemented by a £500m national ‘turnaround’ package to support GP practices, and additional funds from local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
The plan also contains specific, practical & funded steps to strengthen workforce, drive efficiencies in workload, modernise infrastructure & technology, and redesign the way modern primary care is offered to patients.