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GPs able to give more time to patients following new rules

By Amy_Downward  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Health Minister Mark Drakeford

Health Minister Mark Drakeford

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GPs will be able to spend more time with patients following changes to their contract, says health officials.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the changes would help to improve services for both GPs and patients

The money GP surgeries received until now depended on how they performed against 969 different measures.

Under the new contract 300 measures will be cut, reducing form filling to free more time with patients, says the British Medial Association (BMA).

There will also be new financial incentives to encourage surgeries located close to each other to work together.

The new contract also aims to provide better care for people with early-stage cancer, for those at the end of their lives or the frail or elderly.

The Welsh government says the changes should help reduce the pressure on hospital A&E departments.

Charlotte Jones, chair of the BMA's Welsh GP committee, said the contract has "removed some of the bureaucratic tick-boxing type of medicine and targets that we've had to provide".

However the deal, which comes into effect in April, will not lead to weekend surgeries or more out-of-hours opening.

But Mr Drakeford insists patients will find it easier to get appointments with reduced red tape.

He said: “By changing the funding formula for practices, addressing the inequalities in health which exist between the most and least affluent areas of Wales.

“It makes perfect sense for GP practices to work with each other to provide a wider range of care within geographical areas, which we will see happen more as a result of changes to the contract.

“It is vital that local health boards continue to work closely and proactively with GP practices to support them in the delivery of the improvements in patient care through these changes to the contract.

“I would like to thank the General Practitioners Committee for their help in creating a solid basis for GP services in Wales for future years.”

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  • thomastdout  |  January 10 2014, 8:35PM

    Westie old boy. Try being objective you hypo.

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  • weslangdon  |  January 09 2014, 3:06PM

    couldn't you have driven him there or even paid for a taxi, do you get attendance allowance for your father its meant for things like taxis, unless its urgent and life threatening you can't expect a home call

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  • deridu  |  January 09 2014, 1:03PM

    proof of the pudding ? well lets see just what do happens. be good if the EP could have regular contact with patients to say exactly what they feel/ and to mention if they believe there has been a change for the better. My father has had 2 small strokes, is now 92 and no one from the surgery comes to see him. Last time a dr was requested we were told by a receptionist, to bring him over. He could hardly walk at that time worse now,. the surgery is 5mins from his home all drs pass his home to get to their homes.After a few falls at home the second time a dr was requested, but it was a phone discussion.....pills were prescribed that didnt agree with him

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