Dr Richard Vautrey re-appointed GPC deputy chairman

Leeds GP Dr Richard Vautrey has been reappointed as deputy chairman of the GPC, and pledged to show the government how 'disastrous' this year's contract imposition has been.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey: remains in post
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey: remains in post

Newly elected GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul appointed Dr Vautrey as his deputy for a one-year term on 23 July.

Dr Vautrey, deputy chairman for the past six years under outgoing chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, came second behind Dr Nagpaul in elections for the top job on 18 July.

‘I think Chaand will make an excellent chairman,’ Dr Vautrey said. ‘My priorities are to serve the chairman and the profession.

‘We have to stand up for GPs in how they can manage their workload. There is no new money and there are huge amounts of work.’

He said contract negotiations between the GPC and NHS Employers are ongoing and he expects proposals to be ‘crystallised’ in the autumn.

‘I hope they have learned the lesson from this year’s contract imposition and how disastrous it has been. Practices have lost faith in the QOF. They are not signing up to the new DESs.'

GP magazine reported earlier this year that thousands of practices were not signing up to new QOF and DES targets.

‘The government needs to realise that there needs to be an investment in general practice so that we see a reversal of the defunding that has happened.

‘We need QOF to move back to being evidence-based.

‘It is being used as a political vehicle and we need to empower GPs to be professionals and to treat patients in a holistic way.’

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