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New GP contract to benefit patients

Family doctors across Fylde and Wyre have signed up to a new agreement to make sure local patients receive a consistent and high quality standard of care. image001 (1)

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with local GP practices to develop the new GP Quality Contract, which offers funding to doctors who agree to deliver services as detailed within the contract.

All GP practices receive a set amount of money from the Government to provide care to their patients and the new contract will provide a ‘top up’ for those signing up, meaning they will receive a total of £91 per patient.

Under previous top up contract arrangements, practices in Fylde and Wyre had received a varying amount.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “In the face of national cuts to primary care this contract will make sure that general practice is financially stable over the next few years.

“Previously the amount of money being received by practices was inequitable across Fylde and Wyre but by developing the GP Quality Contract we can guarantee the same services will be available across all practices.

“This will make sure general practice services are of the right quality and as a CCG we can now specify the care we expect from practices.”

Dr Naughton, who is also a practicing GP in Thornton, added: “This will make sure that as many people as possible will be treated in the community, rather than having to go into hospital care.

“This is all part of the bigger strategy that people get consistent levels of care wherever they go in Fylde and Wyre.”