City GP group to take over health budgets

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A GROUP of GPs in the city has come forward to manage healthcare budgets in the future.

The Portsmouth doctors have demonstrated to the Department of Health that they are ready to start taking on commissioning responsibilities.

Groups of GPs across the country will take over the managing and buying of services for patients when primary care trusts are abolished in 2013.

The government believes that family doctors are the best people to manage healthcare budgets as they are the people who know best what their patients’ needs are.

Speaking about the city’s priorities, Dr Jim Hogan, a member of the Portsmouth City GP Consortium, said: ‘Emergency and unplanned care is one of the most important things to get right for our patients. Getting it right means freeing up valuable NHS resources and, more importantly, improving the quality of care that people in Portsmouth receive.

‘We are determined to start with what we see as the biggest priority first and aim to improve services with local patients in mind.’