Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
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- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Draft Statutory Instrument - Infant formula and follow-on formula (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightDraft Budget 2014-15
Our focus is on protecting the NHS and schools, boosting economic growth and creating jobs, as well as tackling poverty and protecting the vulnerable.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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General Medical Services
The General Medical Services (GMS) Contract is the mechanism by which Local Health Boards (LHBs) contract with GMS practices to provide primary medical services to patients.
In contrast to doctors who work in hospitals, general practitioners (GPs) are usually independent, self-employed contractors working together in partnership.
The contract details what services they provide and how they receive payment. The GMS contract is a nationally agreed contract negotiated with the British Medical Association (BMA) by National Health Service (NHS) employers on behalf of the four UK governments. The contract was introduced in 2002/3.
The overall aim of the contract is to improve the quality and range of services closer to the patient’s home. The contract has dealt with concerns from GPs about high workload and the inability to maintain a good work/life balance.
One of the most significant changes brought about by the contract is that out-of-hours services are now provided by LHBs. No longer do doctors have to work at night and still arrive for morning surgery. Those doctors who wish to work at night or weekends may still do so, but those who do not, can concentrate on core working hours with greater energy.
The contract clarified for the first time exactly what core services a practice is expected to offer to patients and what they should be paid for that work. All practices will provide essential services for their patients.
It also enables practices to choose whether or not they wish to provide additional services to their patients. Practices will be able to opt out of some services to ensure that their workload remains manageable. All practices are encouraged to provide the full range of services and the vast majority are already doing so. In line with the strategy, Designed for Life, patients can expect to receive a higher proportion of health services closer to home.
More information can be found at the General Medical Services Website (external link).