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Patients with long-term conditions ‘will benefit from GP contract changes’

20th March 2013

New changes to the GP contract coming into force this April will free up millions of pounds to be invested into better care quality, according to the government.

The Department of Health has detailed new measures that will ensure money that was once given to doctors for performing routine office functions – such as record-keeping – will instead be used to reward steps which directly support and benefit patients.

GP practices will need to match the standard of care seen in the best performing practices in 20 key areas, including controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, preventing heart attacks and stroke and assessing patients at risk from dementia.

In total, around 164 million pounds will be pulled away from bureaucratic functions and channelled into improved care.

Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, said: "I am committed to ensuring that we improve quality of life for people with long-term conditions – and I want GPs to lead this change from within their own practices."

This comes as part of a series of efforts to reduce the impact of conditions such as dementia, with a new prize fund launched by the NHS in partnership with Janssen last month to drive innovation in dementia research.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801559706-ADNFCR

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