Magazine article Public Finance

Primary Care Now Ready for Radical Reform

Magazine article Public Finance

Primary Care Now Ready for Radical Reform

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The structure of primary care services is likely to change radically as the NHS continues to change and evolve, a former senior health adviser to the government told the conference.

Paul Corrigan, who is now director of strategy and commissioning at NHS London, provided delegates with a comprehensive round-up of the major health reforms of the past decade and the rationale behind them.

He said for example that the traditional GP model of small partnerships was being challenged.

'There has been an inequality of access [to primary care services] and we need to intervene in those poor areas,' Corrigan told the conference on June 14.

Securing a greater diversity of public sector suppliers was one of the major elements of NHS change, he said, adding that the provision of independent sector treatment centres and foundation trusts was providing just that. …

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