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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Kingston GPs to lead NHS reforms

Kingston GPs are one of the first groups in London who will take the lead in the Government’s plans for commissioning health services, following an announcement today by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

The 28 Kingston GP practices have already taken strides to establish a shadow GP consortium, working with NHS Kingston, the Kingston Council and local patient groups.

The latest announcement follows an application to the Department of Health, and means Kingston can lead the way to shape the future of healthcare.

The Kingston consortium is one of just eight groups of GP practices who have formed consortia in the capital, and is among the 52 from across England. The groups selected, known as pathfinders, will be the first to take on commissioning responsibilities as part of the Government’s plans set out in the NHS White Paper Liberating the NHS: Equity and Excellence. The pathfinders will work together to manage their local budgets and commission services for patients direct with other NHS colleagues and local authorities.

Kingston GP, Dr Charles Alessi, had led the pathfinder bid for the Kingston consortium. He said: “This is the start of a new journey and an exciting time for the NHS. We believe that removing management tiers and putting the clinician-patient relationship at the centre of commissioning means we can get better outcomes for patients.”

David Smith, chief executive of NHS Kingston, said: “We’re delighted that Kingston GPs will be leading the way in taking forward the NHS locally. It’s because of the close working relationship between GPs, PCTs and the local authority that we’ve been able to make such fast progress in Kingston. Ultimately our aim is to commission the best possible services for local people, and we will be supporting the GPs in the transition to establishing a consortium.”

The pathfinders will now begin testing the new commissioning arrangements to ensure they are working well before more formal arrangements come into place. By being in charge of the decisions that affect their patients, the pathfinders will be able to commission high quality care that is tailored to the specific needs of their patients and the wider community.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “We want to create an NHS that puts patients at the heart of everything it does and is focused on achieving health outcomes that are amongst the best in the world.

“Already leading the way and making this happen are the GPs selected to be pathfinders. I am delighted by the response and the evident enthusiasm for taking these ideas forward.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm  

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