GP commissioners fund urgent care in bid to prevent winter crisesBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7480 (Published 16 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7480
- Zosia Kmietowicz
GP commissioners across England are putting sizeable portions of their budgets towards propping up their local emergency services this winter.
Jim Cuthbert, a GP and a lead on urgent care for Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said that his group was putting £5.2m (€6.2m; $8.5m) into urgent care services in hospitals and the community above what it already commissioned. The group’s annual budget is £730m.
The prime minister announced in August that hospital emergency departments in England under strain would be able to apply for a share of a £250m fund this winter.1 The money comes from NHS efficiency savings and underspending.
One of the two hospitals serving the Liverpool CCG, Aintree University Hospital, has been given £1.6m through the government’s fund, and the CCG is giving the other hospital, Royal Liverpool Hospital, £1.2m.
For the investment the CCG expects senior clinicians to make rapid assessments in emergency departments and for turnaround times to improve. It is also asking the hospitals to introduce a model of care for frail elderly people.
“We need to do something different for elderly people,” Cuthbert told the BMJ. “We …