GPC seeks views on changes to contract

The GPC is to seek the views of all UK GPs on contract changes proposed by the DoH for April 2008 after talks on extended hours broke down.

The GPC is to seek the views of UK GPs on contract changes proposed by the DoH for April 2008 after talks on extended hours broke down. 

The DoH wants the average practice to work an extra three hours a week in return for a 1.5 per cent income rise. 

However, the GPC has questioned how this rise can be offered when the Review Body has yet to report. 

The GPC rejected the DoH offer before Christmas of extended hours funded by the loss of the DESs for access and choice and booking worth £158 million and 58.5 quality framework points. 

GP exclusively revealed last year that the DoH was threatening to fund extended hours using 60 quality framework points. 

The GPC will consult GPs on whether this deal is acceptable. The DoH has also threatened to impose a tougher contract on GPs if this offer is not acceptable.

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