Alison joins the team

Alison Oliver.
Alison Oliver.

A MORPETH-BASED solicitor has been appointed by Crutes Law Firm to enhance the services it provides to GPs.

The Government’s Health and Social Care Bill will abolish Primary Care Trusts and hand power to GP consortia, bringing in a raft of changes.

As a result Crutes has added to its team with assistant solicitor Alison Oliver, 45, who has moved to Morpeth with her partner and their two children.

She said: “Each consortium will be made up of family GPs and they will need to work with one another to plan services, decide how money should be spent and buy in patient care from providers in the public, private and charity sectors.

“GPs will need to get to grips with a range of issues in order to carry out this new role and those who are more actively involved in commissioning will need to grapple with more complex topics such as public procurement rules and negotiating contracts.

“We can provide advice to individual GP practices and consortium leads about their commissioning responsibilities and assist with putting the necessary structures in place in line with the new statutory requirements.”

In her new role, Ms Oliver will deliver specialist legal advice and assistance on issues such as disputes between partners, employment changes and structuring GP practices.