New service for GP payments to launch
An improved service for calculating payments for GP practices across England has gone live after early adopter testing in four areas.
PHP buys two more medical centres
Primary Health Properties has also acquired two modern, purpose-built medical centres for £9.01m. The first in Bromley-by-Bow in East London is a modern asset, constructed in 2010, which is fully let to NHS Property Services Limited, providing a GP surgery and walk in centre for a developing area of London. The centre has a remaining lease term of over 21 years. The second in Llanrumney in South Wales is a purpose built, two storey medical centre situated in a large residential area to the north of Cardiff city centre.
Serco slammed by PAC
The Public Accounts Committee has criticised out-of-hours provider Serco for its provision of the out-of-hours GP service in Cornwall.
GPSoC contract to improve competition
NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has started a new procurement process for an expanded framework of IT services and solutions for GP practices. The new GP System of Choice (GPSoC) contract will replace the existing contract that has been in place since 2007.
Benenden offers alternative 111 service
Benenden Health, the mutual healthcare provider, is running an alternative service to NHS 111. Benenden Health provides a 24 Hour GP Advice Line to its members. The phone-line is serviced by qualified, UK-based GPs and even accepts calls from around the world, giving medical advice to Benenden health members who are abroad at the time.
HEE mandate good news for private providers
Health Education England (HEE) has announced the Governments Mandate to Health Education England, on NHS staff training and education that sets out plans for education and training for all NHS staff. It includes a target for 50% of all medical students to become GPs as part of a rebalance Englands healthcare towards a more community based system.
MedicX Fund spends £45 million
MedicX Fund, the specialist primary care infrastructure investor in modern, purpose-built, primary healthcare properties in the United Kingdom, has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of seven operational, fully let primary care medical centres, together with seven further properties under construction. The purchase is by way of a corporate acquisition of GPG No.5 Limited for a cash consideration of £10m including transaction costs of £0.8m and the assumption of existing debt facilities of £34.7m of which £21.4m is drawn. The completion of the development of the seven properties under construction will be managed by General Practice Investment Corporation Limited (GPI), a third party developer of primary care properties, which will retain all of the development and construction risk. MedicX has also negotiated a framework agreement with GPI giving the fund first right to forward fund future projects adding £35m to the funds pipeline. The completed properties within the acquired portfolio are on average less than one year old whilst the total acquired portfolio benefits from 38% RPI indexed leases with a further 5% subject to fixed uplifts, the balance being subject to open market reviews. This portfolio of assets is spread throughout England and increases MedicX funds total property portfolio to 121 properties. Of these 109 are complete and operational and 12 are under construction. The funds total annualised rent roll for all properties following the acquisition increases to £27.9m from £25.1m with the portfolio as a whole having an average unexpired lease term of 17.2 years as at 24 May 2013.
GPs to improve community health
GPs and other primary care staff need empowerment to lead a more proactive approach to prevention and help people remain healthy into old age, according to a new report written by the Nuffield Trust.
Foresters Friendly launch GP service
Foresters Friendly Society has launched a new GP Consultation Service which provides its members with access to medical advice around the clock. The new service is part of the Foresters Extras package (providing discretionary optical and dental grants, a legal advice helpline, and a discounted will writing service) which is available to all Foresters members when they take out a policy.
GPs value private sector
Almost half of GPs (48%) say they have seen waiting lists for NHS hospital referrals rise, and two in 41% say they have seen an increase in the number of patients asking about self-pay treatment options compared to a year ago, suggesting that many patients are turning to private self-pay treatment options as a response to increasing hospital waiting times. Younger GPs are more likely than older GPs to agree that they have seen an increase in the number of patients turning to self-pay treatment options. Spire Healthcare which commissioned the survey say the results suggest that GPs have faith in the private healthcare sector. 50% of GPs think the private sector offers good value for money for patients who seek self-pay treatment or use their private medical insurance. Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter, clinical services director at Spire Healthcare, said: Our findings highlight that public attitudes towards private healthcare are changing. Patients are taking greater responsibility for their health and wellbeing and this is freeing up NHS resources where they are most needed.