Mr Menzies gets assurances over GP contracts


OLDER people in Fylde are to receive a named doctor who will take personal responsibility for their care in future.

That was the assurance given to local Member of Parliament Mark Menzies when he questioned the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, in the House of Commons this week after the Government announced sweeping health reforms surrounding GP contracts.

Under the new plans, named GPs will be allocated to older people, initially those aged over 75 years old but with the possibility that this will be extended. The plan means a return to proper family doctors, able to focus on giving elderly people the care they need and prevent unnecessary trips to hospital.

Rigorous new inspections of GP surgeries will also mean every local person will know whether they are getting the care they deserve.

Speaking to the Health Secretary in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr Menzies said: “I welcome the Government’s announcement of named GPs for older people. What does the Secretary of State envisage that will mean for my older constituents?

Jeremy Hunt MP replied: “For my hon. Friend’s constituents, this will mean that there will be someone in the NHS who is responsible for ensuring that they get the care package that they need.

“That is incredibly important, because when people are discharged from hospitals, the hospitals worry about whose care they will be under. This change will provide that crucial link and make a real difference.”

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