GPs ready to take on new budgets

Janine Andrade,  Siobhan Edwards-Bannon and Zoe Boxhall with the pupils learning about the human skeleton .
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DOCTORS in south-east Hampshire will be among the first in the country to take on responsibility for buying GP services.

NHS England has given the green light for the Portsmouth, South Eastern Hampshire and Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Groups, to start paying for primary care from April from a budget of around £120m.

Dr Jim Hogan, leader for Portsmouth CCG, said: ‘Taking on responsibility for commissioning primary care services is an important part of the process, and will help us to deliver the kind of integrated care that everyone wants to see.’