Freedom of Information news.
A recently publicised (August 2009) response to a FOI request shows that Devon PCT pays some practices twice as much as others for patient care.
The annual amounts below (with one exception) are exclusive of QOF (Quality and Outcome Framework), Enhanced Services, Premises, Prescribing, Dispensing, Rates/Waste and Seniority, and the per patient figure is based on weighted list size. [pwp = Per Weighted Patient]
GMS practices (32): Range £60.01 to £75.82 pwp PMS practices (72): Range £63.27 to £112.83 pwp APMS practices (2): Range £120.00 to £138.13* pwp
PMS practices (72): Range £63.27 to £112.83 pwp
APMS practices (2): Range £120.00 to £138.13* pwp
*includes enhanced services and QOF
Update: 25 May 2010 A FOI internal review (.pdf) into an earlier response that did not answer the questions has revealed that NHS Devon/Devon PCT
The legal framework set out in the 2004 regulations means that a PCT panel chairman can prevent cross examination of an Investigating Officer’s findings (though national guidelines dictate otherwise – see “Devon PCT’s quasi-judicial process” on Devon PCT page of this website). Dr Stephenson’s first opportunity properly to challenge the investigations into his practice would have been his appeal to the FHSAA. Devon PCT withdrew their reply to this appeal, and it was cancelled as a result.
The reports of the Investigating Officers, who were untrained for their role, have never been fairly challenged.