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Protect the sustainability of primary care

December 3rd 2020

Tagged: political news England

By DDA CEO Matthew Isom

The DDA is encouraging members in England to write to their MPs about proposed changes to Integrated Care Systems in England.

A call for views on ‘Next steps for Integrated Care Systems in England’ was launched on November 26, with a deadline for submitting views of  January 8, 2021.

In a letter to Bury St Edmunds MP and health minister Jo Churchill, DDA chairman Dr Richard West describes the proposed changes to ICS as “potentially a comprehensive reorganisation of the NHS management and budgetary structure in England”. He warns that the proposals in the call for views make “mistakes… which could have repercussions for practices in the future”.   

Specific concerns relate to the need for the following:    

  • Safeguards within the Integrated Care System to protect the sustainable delivery of primary care NHS services
  • Accountability and governance of increased decision-making powers for NHS
  • Immediate inclusion of dispensing patients in the roll out of the Electronic Prescription System.

Dr West  has also reprimanded NHS England for giving stakeholders just 30 working days to respond to this document.

DDA members wishing to write to their MP may wish to use the attached template MP letter.

MPs’ names and contact details are available online.

Read the King’s Fund explainer of ICS

Read a suggested response to the consultation.