NHS England welcomes new GP care changes

As a GP myself for many years, I know the importance of being able to do what we have been trained for - to use our professional clinical judgment to provide care and treatment that meets all aspects of a patient's needs.

We know that patients who receive a proactive and co-ordinated health and social care service are less likely to need to be admitted to hospital - in fact, a fifth of hospital admissions could be avoided if this happened every time - and we know that this is particularly important for the most vulnerable patients with complex needs where properly co-ordinated care makes such a difference.

– Dame Barbara Hakin, deputy chief executive at NHS England

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GPs agree new contracts

The Government and GPs have agreed a new contract. Among the changes are that over-75s will be assigned an accountable GP to ensure they receive co-ordinated care. The Health Secretary has also revealed proposals for GPs' salaries to be made public