BMA response to GP contract changes warns of impact on patients

Nine out of ten GPs say GMS contract changes the DH plans to impose will undermine their ability to offer good quality care to their patients, with many warning they will be forced to lay off clinical staff.

BMA: contract changes threaten patient care
BMA: contract changes threaten patient care

The final BMA response to a consultation on the contract overhaul reveals that 88% of GPs believe ‘they personally will be less able to offer good quality care to their patients as a result of this imposition’.

Findings from a BMA poll also show that more than half of GPs (54%) believe their practice would have to reduce patient access if the contract changes go ahead.

A total of 82% of practices said they would be forced to make changes to staff working hours or employment. At BMA contract roadshows across the UK, 22% of GPs said they would be forced to make clinical staff redundant, and 35% said they would have to lay off administrative staff.

A total of 48% said they would not replace clinical staff who leave, and 65% said they would not replace administrative staff.

More than half predicted they would have to freeze recruitment of both clinical and administrative staff.

The BMA response said: ‘We expect decreasing morale, increasing stress and falling practice funding, to have a real impact on both recruitment and retention in general practice.’

Huge numbers of GPs said their morale would suffer:

  • 91% said they felt they would be less able to manage their workload.
  • 97% said they believed that general practice would become more stressful for them.
  • 89% said that these proposals made them less enthusiastic about general practice as a career.
  • 87% said they were less likely to recommend general practice as a career for new doctors.

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