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Yorkshire PCT suspends contracts with GPs

27th October 2010

A primary care trust in Yorkshire has suspended a number of contracts with GPs with immediate effect to help offset financial pressures.

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NHS North Yorkshire and York has halted the contracts for simple procedures and returned them to acute settings as well as stopping IVF procedures for the final three months of the current financial year, though with IVF current waiting lists are to be honoured and new patients added in exceptional circumstances.

With an overspend of £17.9m as of the end of the second quarter of the year, other steps NHS North Yorkshire and York is taking to help its financial position is cutting £150,000 off the amount paid to the voluntary sector over the three months to April, making 60 staff redundant to cut management costs and working with family doctors to increase generic prescribing.

Chief executive Jayne Brown said: “Nobody should be in any doubt as to the seriousness of the challenges we are facing. We need to take action immediately.

“Over the last few months we have been rigorously monitoring our quality and productivity plans to target areas of non delivery. Alongside, this patient activity has increased and a number of our contracts are significantly overspending.

“We fully appreciate that the decisions we have taken will be unpalatable and I can assure you that every member of the board also finds them unpalatable.”

The PCT is also involved in discussions with local GPs on how to make the local health economy more sustainable over the years ahead.

 

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