GP consortia

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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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If the Mayoral health report opens up funding opportunities this money should go direct to GP consortiums and hospitals to meet the demands for primary and secondary services caused by poor public health.
I am sceptical that 500 or so GP consortiums commissioning services will save money or result in better patient care, let alone provide more efficient planning of appropriate services.
The remarks were made by health union leaders last night after chairmen of GP consortiums across the region openly backed the coalition's proposed regime of GP commissioning.
Ms Snowdon has extensnot ive NHS experience having provided management support to practice-based commissioning groups - the forerunners to GP consortiums - for the past five years.
The poll, commissioned by public services union Unison, also reveals that half the public oppose the new GP consortiums that will be set in England, using private management groups to assist them with finance, planning and management.
The move would transform the way the NHS is run in England by putting GP consortiums in charge of management instead of primary care trusts.
Doctors' and nurses' leaders in England have expressed fears about the changes, which will put GP consortiums in charge of management instead of primary care trusts.
Health scrutiny members have raised concerns that public money could be wasted paying off executives who would then get a salary for doing virtually the same job when GP consortiums take over commissioning of local services.
Will the GP consortiums who will be holding the purse strings continue funding for the likes of The Armistead Centre who provide vital services in the areas of sexual health, drugs awareness and general support?
Although some jobs will transfer to the GP consortiums and city councils who will take on the health trusts' responsibilities, the NHS reforms represent the single biggest round of job losses locally since the demise of Coventry's famous car factories.
He plans to give private firms the chance to run GP consortiums, controlling lucrative contracts and potentially syphoning off millions of pounds in profits.
Working groups will now be set up to consult key patient interest groups and GP consortiums over the draft proposals.