NHS England ‘will not sign off local plans unless they support GPs’

NHS England will not be signing off on sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) unless they are supportive of GPs

NHS England said that commissioners in each area were allowed to decide themselves how they would engage with the workforce in their area. However, it said it expects “robust engagement” from commissioners, including with frontline GPs, while emphasising that the plans will have to support general practice.

Local Medical Council (LMC) leaders were being “excluded” from consultations on the STP plans, which are in the process of being approved by NHS England. The lack of transparency comes despite the brief from NHS bosses setting out that these STPs have to detail plans for the “sustainability and quality” of general practice, including “workforce and workload issues”.

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Published on 15. August 2016 in News UK