‘Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,’ says Care England
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Care home operators who are members of the representative body Care England say they will no longer pay retainers to GP practices. Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said many care homes throughout the country have to pay GPs to visit residents, and that this was clearly at odds with a health service for all.
“Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,” said Prof. Green.
“This should be no surprise to GPs as we have been making arguments regarding their unfairness for many years. One of our members is paying £70,000 per month and this is unacceptable. NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has gone on record in his Five Year Forward Plan for the NHS, emphasising the importance of care home residents having the access to healthcare that they would if they were living in their own homes.
“We need clarification as to what differentiates basic and enhanced services from a GP. We accept that enhanced services can be paid for and that these arrangements can be independently negotiated between a home and a practice, but as it stands, the definition of a basic service offered in the GMS Contract is far too vague to enable negotiations to take place in many areas. Clarification is urgently needed and a clear definition must be offered in the contract for 2016/17”.