Consortia roles suit salaried GPs

Salaried GPs could be 'even better suited' to roles in GP consortia than partners, a GPC negotiator says.

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, who sits on the GPC's sessional GP representation committee, urged salaried and locum GPs to contribute to commissioning consortia.

'There is no reason why salaried GPs cannot pick up a post on these consortia. You could argue that it would be easier for salaried GPs to engage as they have more time to take on an additional portfolio role.'

Under the White Paper plans, any 'provider with a registered list' will be required to be part of a GP consortium. There is no mention of which GPs in a practice should contribute.

Dr McCarron-Nash denied that locums and salaried GPs would take on more additional workload as partners take up commissioning roles.

'There will potentially be more locum work available as shifts need to be covered.

'But not all partners take on significant managerial responsibility, and not all GPs in a practice will take it on (a commissioning role).'

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