GPC Scotland chairman sceptical about 'tartanisation' of UK contract for Scottish GPs

The chairman of GPC Scotland is sceptical about the 'tartanisation' of the GP contract in Scotland and has warned that any changes need to be evidence-based.

Dr Alan McDevitt: GPC Scotland chairman
Dr Alan McDevitt: GPC Scotland chairman

Clydebank GP Dr Alan McDevitt took over as chairman of GPC Scotland yesterday after the previous chairman, Dr Dean Marshall, was voted in as a negotiator on the UK GPC.

Dr Mc Devitt said he was not in favour of an independent Scottish contract and that any changes to the QOF for Scotland’s GPs needed to be evidence-based.

The Scottish government has begun looking at how it can ‘tartinise’ the UK contract for Scotland. This comes after Scottish LMCs called for this at their annual conference in Clydebank, near Glasgow in March.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon addressed the conference for the second year running, backing a more Scotland-focused

Dr Mc Devitt said: ‘The government has a number of areas to look at and we are starting those discussions now. We are happy to discuss these. We are saying that within the confines of what they are proposing to look at, we are comfortable with that.’

The new chairman revealed that public health elements of the QOF could be different in Scotland but remained sceptical about the possible change. He said any change to the QOF would have to be evidence-based.

‘I think QOF is applicable across the whole of the UK, he said. ‘If it is evidence based then there is room for discussion.

‘I don’t think it would be appropriate for a new contract and we have to look at various aspects of it.’

Blairgowrie GP Dr Andrew Buist was re-elected as deputy leader of GPC Scotland yesterday and together with Dr McDevitt will represent Scotland’s GPs in negotiations with the Scottish government and at a UK level with the DH.

Dr Colette Maule, a GP in Lanarkshire, has been elected as the GPC Scotland's third negotiator and will be involved primarily in discussions with the Scottish Government.

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