GPs urged to 'consider response' if DoH imposes contract change

GPs have been urged to 'consider their response' in the event of a DoH-imposed contract in April 2008.

Dr Laurence Buckman
Dr Laurence Buckman

A letter from GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman to all UK GPs explained that they would be polled about whether they accepted a DoH contract deal that would see the average practice open an extra three hours per week.

If GPs refuse, the DoH will impose a tougher deal that will mean extended hours for no extra funding.

‘In considering the options we must be careful that our actions are not seen as self-seeking, will not damage patient health, will not risk damaging our relationship with our patients, and will not undermine the fundamental principals of the health service,’ Dr Buckman said.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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