GP consortia

GP consortia

A term of art for groups of GPs in the UK which will be in charge of budgets and responsible for purchasing (commissioning) health and care services (e.g., dentistry, community pharmacy and primary ophthalmic services) for their patients, which are tasks currently being performed by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).
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ANDY BURNHAM There is also a significant risk of "more failures, GP consortia going bust or having to cut services".
Last year's spring conference saw Lib Dem activists effectively force their Tory coalition partners to order a 'pause' in the controversial Health and Social Care Bill designed to hand large parts of the NHS over to GP consortia and increase competition across the service.
A document leaked to Channel 4 News shows how one such company plans to work with GP consortia.
The review makes recommendations for action from a number of agencies, including Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board, Warwickshire County Council's adult, health and community services, Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust, The Local Medical Council and GP Consortia, Rugby Borough Council, Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire Probation Trust.
These groups were originally called GP Consortia, but the name has been changed because although the majority of members will be GPs, the groups will also include and give power to nurses, consultants, councillors and health professionals such as dentists, pharmacists and opticians.
The Primary Care Trust clusters and GP consortia in the area are very supportive of the plans.
The government has proposed 'designated services', designated by GP consortia so that Monitor can step in to rescue a service if it goes bust.
The UK coalition government's recent White Paper 2010 places GPs at the centre of the commissioning process through the establishment of GP consortia by April 2010 (DH, 2010a, 2010b) where GP consortia will be responsible for commissioning primary care services.
An ongoing "listening exercise" has seen ministers bombarded with complaints from health professionals over plans to hand pounds 80bn of NHS funding to GP consortia competing for business, and to force NHS hospitals to compete with the private sector for patients and funding.
He has previously refused to guarantee their future, despite criticism from cancer campaigners and doctors, saying that it would be up to the proposed new GP consortia to decide whether to commission the networks' expertise.
As it stands the Bill aims to give GP consortia much more responsibility for spending the NHS's budget and promotes greater competition with the private sector to provide care.
During the day attendees will learn about new eye care commissioning guidance for GP consortia, discuss the impact of the 'Big Society' on eye health and find out how technological advances are aiding those with sight loss.