Javid pushes ahead with changes to primary care

Sajid Javid has announced plans for big changes in primary care, based on a report from the think tank Policy Exchange.

The 98-page report was written by two academics and a private sector oncologist, advised by a motley array of 38 individuals including a gamut of private sector interests such as askmyGP, eConsult, Livi, Assura, Babylon Health, Modality Partnership, Palantir … and Mark Warman, Tory MP and former Technology Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

Interestingly the report argues GPs “want their voices heard in the design and organisation of integrated care” – but the authors don’t seem bothered to allow any GP views to be heard on primary care. Just four GPs were included in the long list: and it’s not clear how they were chosen or whether any of their comments were included.

If it’s primary care this gang are proposing, then it’s not as we know it.

Full story in The Lowdown, 8 March 2022