GPC 'to consult on major contract change'

The GPC has warned the DoH that it will ask for the profession's opinion again if negotiations for 2009/10 involve major changes to the contract.

Dr Laurence Buckman
Dr Laurence Buckman

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman wrote in a letter to GPs last week: ‘If there are to be major changes to the contract, which would include changes to the MPIG, any final deal would have to be subject to the agreement of the profession.’

In February all UK GPs were polled on whether to accept an unpopular contract or an even less popular imposed contract.

Dr Buckman said he did not necessarily mean there would be another poll of opinion if the MPIG was scrapped.

 ‘We don’t even know what we’re doing yet.

 ‘It could involve getting GPs’ opinion through LMCs. If it’s more complicated, then we’ll just ask LMCs. We’ve told the department [of health], in the event of a major change, we would be asking the profession what they think.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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