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Welsh GP contract will see improved diabetes services

By Editor
12th March 2017

Improved diabetes services have been agreed under contract changes for GPs in Wales, it has been announced.

The contract amendments were unveiled at the Annual Conference of Welsh Local Medical Committees in Newport by the Welsh Government Health Secretary, Vaughan Getting AM.

A total of £27 million will be invested to provide better services for diabetes, care homes, warfarin management and phlebotomy tests as well as providing GPs with an increase in pay and money for expenses.

Vaughan Gething AM, said: “We have worked closely with our GP colleagues to create solutions that deliver the best care for patients.

“I’m confident that this approach of working in partnership is the right one, as we continue to transform primary care in Wales. It provides a strong platform for GPs to continue to provide high quality, sustainable, healthcare.”

The Welsh Government, the General Practitioners Committee Wales and NHS Wales also agreed to work together to bring the contract up-to-date by improving the ways quality of care is monitored and improving access to services.

Chair of the General Practitioners Committee Wales, Dr Charlotte Jones, said: “The contract changes will be part of a longer piece of work to review the entire contract and make it fit for the future.

“GPC Wales is looking forward to engaging in ongoing collaborative discussions over the months ahead.

“Additionally, we welcome the ongoing investment into clusters, the recently announced £40m for premises development, and the £95m for training healthcare professionals that will support primary care.

“These funds go hand in hand with today’s announcement, with the ultimate aim of strengthening primary care.”

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