Healthcare Newsletter – Spring 2021

Welcome to the Spring 2021 MHA Healthcare Newsletter.

It seems incredible that it is now 2 years since we were contemplating the formation of Primary Care Networks (PCN). Since then, PCNs have become established and have expanded their activities.

We are now seeing an increasing number of PCNs appoint their own dedicated PCN managers and develop more robust structures to mitigate the risks arising from both employment liabilities and Value Added Tax.

At the November 2020 BMA conference of LMCs a resolution was passed which called for a ballot to secure a mandate for the GPC before agreeing any changes or extension to the contract.

The Ballot asked “‘Prior to any further negotiations, extension or changes for 2021/22, do you give GPC England a mandate for the PCN directed enhanced service?”

On 21 January 2021 the BMA published the results with 80% answering “yes” and 20% “No”. Therefore, while concerns remain there appears to be a substantial commitment to the continued development of PCNs.

Going forward it will be interesting to see how the development of integrated care systems (ICS) will fit with the continued development of PCNs. Some of the proposed changes to ICSs are far reaching and would radically change the NHS in England.

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