Tag: Simon Stevens

HEE budget slashed – turning NHS crisis into a catastrophe

Sunil Bhanot is a GP partner in Hampshire, trainer, appraiser and member of RCGP Council. Our NHS is about to lurch from crisis to catastrophe. Our capacity to change and cope with increasing demand is going to be undermined. Health Education England’s budget is being slashed by 30% from next month. I fear that this will have a significant impact on GP training and the transformation of the whole NHS workforce in moving towards a sustainable health care service. It is only recently that this massive reduction in funding has been confirmed, planning has begun and it is becoming...

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“The best of times, the worst of times” for general practice

SIMON STEVENS AT THE NAPC As well as signalling the end for QOF, the keynote speech at the National Association of Primary Care by Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS, was a ringing endorsement of his strong support for general practice. Newly and handsomely bearded, Stevens confirmed that this new investment in general practice of £2.4 billion will be made by 2020, and encouraged the audience to “rattle the cage” to make sure that the promises made for additional funding for primary care are honoured in the CCGs’ investment plans and in the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, which are...

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The elephant in the room: how are we going to fund the NHS?

Professor Roger Jones is editor of the British Journal of General Practice. Last weekend The Times published a leading article which described the financial straitjacket in which the NHS finds itself, and suggested that the additional funding required to keep the service going should be found from sources outside general taxation. I wrote a letter supporting this view, pointing out that other healthcare systems, with perfectly respectable health outcomes, some better than ours, work on a combination or some variation of co-payment and insurance mechanisms. none of which, importantly, equate to privatisation. I described this discussion as an elephant...

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