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South Tyneside PCNs make it over the line – and look forward to getting started

 

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South Tyneside PCNs make it over the line – and look forward to getting started

First signalled in the NHS Long Term Plan in January, primary care was given just a few months to come together by 1 July to provide care at greater scale in local networks.

This was quite a policy ambition, even by NHS standards, requiring neighbouring GP practices to organise themselves into patient population sizes of between 30-50,000, agree governance, appoint clinical directors and make a range of decisions about finance and employment. Despite the odds, NHS England reports that 99 per cent of GP practices made the deadline. More...