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CCGs to get £6 per patient to extend GP access from 2019

NHS England has announced every clinical commissioning group (CCG) will be given an extra £6 per patient to extend GP access on evening from April 2019. The weekend opening will be flexible depending on the local demand.

The new guidance from NHS Improvement and NHS England has confirmed that the recurrent funding will be rolled out in the England as part of the GP forward view. This guidance covers total recurrent funding of £138 million by 2017/18 and £258 million by 2018/19. From this year, the funding will be made available to GP Access Fund pilot sites and will extended to include additional sites in 2017/18.

The planning guidance documents said that CCGs must spread and advance access in line with requirements for new national funding by no later than March 2019.

The guidance documents by NHS England also stated that by 2018/19 CCGs must implement the GP Forward view to guarantee the sustainability of general practice. This includes:

  • Extending capacity in practices
  • Increasing GPs number
  • Co-funding pharmacists to work I general practice
  • Investing in training practice staff
  • Expanding IAPT with more primary care based therapists
  • Extending online consultations

NHS England Director of primary care, Dr Arvind Madan said general practice is under pressure so, they are determined to uphold the momentum in turning things around. The new planning guidance shows the detail information on how investment will be done in the coming years. It also shows the steps they will be taking with CCGs to stabilise and transform GP services for the benefits of staff and patients.

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC Deputy chair said NHS England have learnt lessons from many of the pilots which disclosed that there was few demand from patients for routine weekend appointments.

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