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GP at Hand: CCG is forced to delay primary care network approvals after single network request

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2322 (Published 23 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2322
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The clinical commissioning group (CCG) hosting Babylon Health’s GP at Hand service has been forced to delay approving local practices’ applications to join primary care networks, after referring the digital service’s bid to become a single network1 to NHS England.

GP leaders said it was vital that delays did not extend beyond the 30 June deadline, as this could prevent practices from accessing much needed additional funding for patient care through the network contract directed enhanced service (DES), which starts on 1 July.

To qualify for the extra funding, practices had to submit an application by 15 May to register to join a collaborative network covering 30 000-50 000 patients. CCGs had to ensure that all patients in their locality area will be covered by a network by 31 May 2019.

Outstanding issues

But Hammersmith and Fulham CCG’s primary care committee said at a meeting …

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