GPs will be offered more than £450m from the government in a deal that sees ministers backtrack on changes to the health service brought in last year and offers practices cash to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions of elderly patients.In return Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, will announce on Friday that family doctors have committed to monitor the quality of out-of-hours services used by their patients. But doctors' leaders took issue with Hunt's claim that the new GP contract, which comes in next April, is the first step to rectifying mistakes made by Labour in 2004.
The changes will mean every person aged 75 and over will be assigned a named, accountable GP to ensure patients receive co-ordinated care. GPs will also take on more responsibility for out-of-hours care, with a commitment to monitor the quality of out-of-hours services used by their patients
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