GP profits will not be capped but practices forced to invest

GP profits should not be capped but the government will ratchet up pressure on GPs to invest more, according to health secretary Andy Burnham.

Speaking exclusively to GP newspaper, Mr Burnham said the policy to scrap practice boundaries would ‘give the public the chance to vote with their feet'.

He added: ‘Perhaps GPs have to think about investing, and services, in a different way. If they're not keeping up to date with services and facilities that people expect these days, they can expect to lose patients.'

Click here to watch the full Andy Burnham interview

The video includes Mr Burnham's answers to the following questions:

1. Why does the GPC chairman say Labour wants to ‘scrap general practice'?
2. You plan to make the NHS the provider of choice. What does this mean for GPs?
3. Do you believe Labour has opened up the NHS for the Tories to privatise it?
4. Is the pursuit of quality going to over-burden GPs with bureaucracy?
5. How can GPs improve access beyond extended hours?
6. What is the future role for GPs?
7. Should GP pay be capped?
8. How does Labour differ to the Tories on practice-based commissioning?

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