Care plan approved by local body

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The Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board has approved the Health and Social Care Partnership’s Primary Care Improvement Plan.

This plan is a key requirement of the new General Medical Services contract recently agreed by GPs and the Scottish Government.

Stephen Whiston, head of strategic planning and performance for the HSCP, said: “One of the key elements in the implementation of this new contract was for HSCPs to develop a Primary Care Improvement Plan which outlines how they will be implementing the new GMS contract over the next three years.

“In Argyll and Bute we have worked closely with our local GP clinical leads and representatives from the NHS Highland GP sub committee to develop our plan.

“It details the scale of service change that is required, how we intend to provide services, improve recruitment and retention of GPs and other clinicians. And utilise technology to deliver these new services across Argyll and Bute.

“The next stage of the process is to consult with the public, staff and stakeholders on the service changes planned and identify/clarify how they will be delivered.

“We will also continue to work very closely with all our GP practices to ensure they are involved and are able to take on their designated GP role as an expert medical generalist.”