Mapping primary care groups in London Public Deposited

  • 1857172361
Place of publication
  • London
  • King's Fund
Publication date
  • 1999
  • 32
  • King's Fund primary care series
  • The White Paper "The new NHS" set out the Government's health policy for the next ten years. All general practices in England are to belong to a Primary Care Group (PCG), whose core functions will be to: improve the health of their community and reduce inequalities; commission a range of services to meet their patients' needs; develop primary care and community services. The PCG model is consistent with earlier policies aimed at promoting a primary-care led NHS. General practitioners (GPs) will take on increasing responsibility for shaping local services. About 500 PCGs will replace the 4,000 or so GP fundholding practices, with the aim of removing the "two-tierism" that this earlier model of GP purchasing created. In April 1998, the NHS Executive issued guidance to health authorities setting out the criteria and timescale for the formation of PCGs. Health authorities had to submit proposals on configuration to their regional offices by the end of July, having consulted with all their local stakeholders. The structure of PCGs, and the relationships they have with their health authority and other organisations will affect their ability to meet their objectives. This report provides an overview of the "birth" of PCGs in the 16 London health authorities. It describes both the outcome and configuration process and discusses implications for future functioning.
  • Pagination: 32p. + 1 appendix
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