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CCGs warned to expect media scrutiny over personal budgets

GP commissioners will have to justify the more ‘unusual' use of personal budgets when they are rolled out nationwide in 2014 as media interest is likely to intensify in expenditure on the scheme, says a senior official at the Department of Health.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced personal health budgets will be rolled out to everyone receiving NHS continuity of care by April 2014, but experts have warned expenditure on non-NHS treatments would prove controversial.

TPP to pilot new SystmOne Enhanced Sharing Model with Northamptonshire PCT

Even though the new sharing model is only being piloted in one PCT, it is vital for every SystmOne user to know about the potential changes on SystmOne if a patient crosses border and registers at a unit outside of the Northamptonshire area.

Enhanced Sharing will work on a patient-by-patient basis. If a patient moves from an Enhanced Sharing pilot PCT to an Old or New Sharing PCT, the patient will remain an Enhanced Sharing patient. If you are dealing with an enhanced sharing patient you may be asked to seek two consents from the patient:

Probe ordered into 'preferred sex' abortions

Pregnant women are being given illegal abortions in the UK after complaining their unborn child is "the wrong gender", it was claimed last night.

Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, has ordered an investigation and said: "I'm extremely concerned to hear about these allegations. Sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong."

Covert film and audio footage taken by undercover reporters allegedly shows staff of at three private practices agreeing to terminations when the mother says she wanted a child of the opposite sex.

NHS may need emergency cash bailout

Ministers fear that the National Health Service could require an emergency cash bailout before the next general election to enable it to cope with the escalating demands of an ageing population.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has promised a real-terms increase in health spending over the next four years. But there is growing anxiety within the Government that the extra money will not be enough to provide care for the growing number of elderly patients and meet the rising cost of advanced medical treatments.

Working in partnership with Productive Primary Care

Doctor First

Pricare is pleased to announce that we are now working in partnership with Productive Primary Care who provide the excellent product Doctor First to GP surgeries across the country.

Productive Primary Care is an NHS focused organisation that provides experience, training and expertise to organisations in order to improve practice efficiency, patient experience and clinical outcomes.

The company prides itself in applying local knowledge with national policy to identify the potential in NHS organisations to improve systems.  Using an approach widely recognised in the field of quality improvement combined with clinical and management experience of NHS systems, PPC Ltd assist organisations in a protected environment and recognise we all have different starting points and priorities to manage.

Their remit of work can vary from working with a GP Practice for one day to a whole PCT over a 12 month period. They have a wide range of skilled managers who have held highly qualified positions within the NHS and industry and are able to help you from the initial planning stages  through to the completion of a piece of work.

Pricare will be working closely with PCC Ltd to provide clinical systems training and support for the rollout of their Doctor First product.

Please take a look at their website for further reading and more information on the services they offer. 


PCT staff still in the dark over their future in the NHS

Destination Letters and the NHS National Commissioning Board.


Pricare has learned that all PCT staff across England are being asked to speak to their line managers regarding news published yesterday on NHS Commissioning Board sizes and letters being sent to them regarding their future work role in the NHS.


The letter forms part of an ongoing communication process with staff affected by reforms outlined in the Health and Social Care Bill.


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